Pete Buttigieg Believes We’ve Already Had Gay Presidents
Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg is an openly gay man who is running for President in this upcoming election.
In a recent interview on Axios on HBO, Buttigieg claims America has "almost certainly" had a gay President already.
During the interview, he was asked what his response would be to somebody saying he might be too young, too liberal, or too gay to be commander-in-chief.
To which, Buttigieg replied, “I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country. People will elect the person who will make the best president.”
But then he made a remark that will definitely lead you scratching your head.
Buttigieg said, “We have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones.”
Really? We've had gay presidents, but we just don't which ones were gay? Now how does that work?
His justification for saying this comes by saying that it is based on statistics and probability.
Let's just take a look at these statistics, shall we?
Based on a Gallup survey in 2018 that stated 4.5 percent of the population identified as LGBT. It's likely lower than that, but let's roll with the 4.5 percent.
That would mean that ignoring everything else that's meaningful, 2 of our past 45 Presidents would have been gay. However, by the same token, that would also mean that 22 of them were women.
Resorting to this type of logic also doesn't take into account what the former percentage of the population identified as gay (because LGBT didn't even exist until recently). It's a logical fallacy.
Just because a statistical probability occurs, doesn't mean it's absolutely the case. Let me demonstrate.
Once, I was playing roulette. There are two colors, black and red (and 1 green). So your odds of getting black is about 50% and red is about 50%. So "statistically" if I'm betting on red every time, and increasing my bet amount if I lose, I should continue to win, right? The wheel hit black 17 times in a row. Statistically, that should not have happened, but it did.
Statistics don't matter in many cases.