Mayor Pete Buttigieg: I could “broker peace deal” between LGBTQ groups, Chick-fil-A

Buttigieg speaks at the University of Chicago on February 13, 2019 in Chicago.
Buttigieg speaks at the University of Chicago on February 13, 2019 in Chicago.
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On Tuesday morning, South Bend, Indiana mayor and prospective Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg appeared on The Breakfast Club morning radio show. There, he discussed important matters like honesty in politics, what it’s like to be openly gay and running for president, and how he’d seek to improve race relations. But most crucially, just a day after declaring his stance on whether a hot dog is a sandwich, he stated his position on Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A is associated with two things: chicken sandwiches and millions of dollars in donations to conservative organizations that oppose gay marriage. Some people won’t eat at Chick-fil-A for that reason, but Buttigieg appears not to be one of them, telling the show hosts that while he doesn’t approve of Chick-fil-A corporate’s politics, “I kind of approve of their chicken.” The Associated Press reports Buttigieg then suggested he could be the one to broker “a peace deal” between the LGBTQ community and Chick-fil-A: “So maybe if nothing else I can build that bridge. Maybe I’ll become in a position to broker that peace deal.”


He did talk more seriously and substantially about his homosexuality, saying that though there are negative reactions to that at times, especially online, “I didn’t want to live a life that was in hiding.” Buttigieg came out during the middle of a mayoral reelection campaign when he realized “you only get to live one life.” Now, that life includes a husband, an early presidential campaign, and potentially, the historic prospect of brokering fast-food chicken peace.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.


For anyone here who is hearing about Mayor Pete for the first time, I encourage you to read up on him. I live in South Bend, where he has been mayor for the last several years. He is the real deal. Here is a quote from my wife that sums up how I feel, better than I could: “I have been totally impressed and convinced by his national rollout and I am enthused by his approach of unapologetic progressivism on many issues, with enough pragmatism to pursue incremental progress, build coalitions and diffuse culture wars. Two hometown stories that contribute to my confidence. 1) Back in 2010 I was at a friend’s house for a fundraiser for his bid to be treasurer of Indiana. I had just finished my PhD and he was fairly freshly off the Rhodes Scholarship. I asked him, how can you as a philosopher/intellectual stand politics—it’s all about sound bites and everyone assumes the worst of you and you never get to make an actual argument before everyone shouts you down. And he said, yes that does happen, but if you genuinely get into it because you want to learn about other people’s experiences, and if they believe that you want to make their lives better, then it’s the best way to actually improve things for people. And it’s such a privilege to get to know so many different kinds of people and learn about what matters to them. He seemed so genuine.”