Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is being called out by his brother-in-law for lying about his family history in order to score political points.
The husband of the South Bend, Indiana mayor, Chasten Glezman, has been portrayed as someone who grew up poor and was rejected by his family over his homosexuality, according to a Washington Post article which also claimed the 29-year-old never reconciled with his two brothers.
But Rhyan Glezman says nothing could be further from the truth.
“A mayor from a small city and his husband, a child who grew up with nothing and his parents kicked him out … it makes a perfect political story for the campaign,” the 34-year-old pastor of Clio Community Church in Michigan told the Washington Examiner.
“To me, that’s very sad. If that’s all you have to stand on, you’re not fit to be president of the United States,” he said, referring to the 37-year-old presidential contender who reportedly met the younger Glezman on the dating app Hinge in 2015.
“Chasten Buttigieg has been a homeless community college student and a Starbucks barista,” the Washington Post reported. “Now, he could be ‘first gentleman.'”
But the article misrepresented Rhyan Glezman as a bigot who disapproved of his younger brother’s lifestyle and had, along with his other brother Dustin, basically disowned Chasten, saying: “No brother of mine … ” The article set off a wave of hate mail and even death threats, according to the pastor who has run the small-town church for the past two years.
“Do I love him? Absolutely. He is my brother,” Glezman told the Examiner. “You can’t change that. Just because we have a disagreement doesn’t change that.”
He contended that the family was not overly religious, and was not the type to banish their son for coming out as gay, something that he noted didn’t come as a total shock. The younger Glezman eventually “went away,” he explained.
“I felt like I just could not be there,” Chasten told the Post in the article. “So, I left.”
“He was struggling for a time. But there was nothing on the family end that said he had to leave,” Rhyan said, angered over reports that the family lived in poverty, which he saw as an attempt to play the “victim card.”
“The story makes it look as if he came from nothing, a poor family,” he said. “Chasten had everything, from cellphones paid for, car insurance paid for.”
According to the Washington Examiner:
Glezman’s bond with his brothers, added the married father of one, was marked by a tattoo of a cross on his arm inscribed, “Forever.” And he explained how he treated his younger brother to a trip to an amusement park for his 21st birthday. “Would I do that if we didn’t have a relationship?”
They last hugged at the funeral for their grandmother a year ago. Glezman said he has hosted his brother’s previous boyfriends and that he went to a baseball game with Chasten and Pete Buttigieg last year.
The hate-filled aftermath of the Washington Post article shook Glezman who was viciously attacked in social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.
“There was one that said I should go out to the woodshed and kill myself,” he said, noting the attack on Christians for being intolerant.
“I believe for me, as a Christian, we’re the people being shunned, people being silenced, and a lot of the liberal side of things are becoming the bigots to Christianity and faith,” he said. “They are becoming the intolerant side.”
Buttigieg has appeared to pull similar shenanigans with an ongoing, albeit one-sided, war with Vice President Mike Pence, claiming he had a “problem” with him because he is gay. Since declaring his candidacy, Buttigieg, who has identified himself as a Christian, has repeatedly criticized Pence, the former governor of Indiana. Pence politely fired back during a CNN interview last month.
“I’ve known Mayor Pete for many years, we’ve worked very closely together when I was governor, and I considered him a friend. And he knows I don’t have a problem with him. I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody the way that I want to be treated,” he said.
But the South Bend mayor is on a mission to paint Pence and other Christians ans fanatics who hate the LGBTQ community.
Gay Dem hopeful Buttigieg’s anti-Pence obsession looks suspicious considering previous cordial dealings https://t.co/NUSX8bH2KB
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 9, 2019
As for his brother-in-law, Glezman believes Buttigieg is missing the point while trying to score a political advantage, which will still not convince the pastor, who voted for Trump in 2016, to vote for the Democrat in 2020.
“That’s not because he’s gay,” he said. “When you want to rewrite the Electoral College, when you want to change the makeup of the Supreme Court, when you want to have open borders and not have any process there, his extreme view on abortion … those are things that are very important to me.”
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