Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law wants America to understand why the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana would be a disaster as president, and it has nothing to do with his sexuality or family dynamics.
Rhyan Glezman, a pastor who lives near Traverse City, Michigan, spoke with Brandon Straka and his “Walk Away” movement in an interview released Sunday night to set the record straight about his beliefs and relationship with Chasten Buttigieg, the younger of his two brothers.
The interview follows glowing features on Mayor Pete’s campaign that highlight his partner and portray Glezman’s family as intolerant of his sexuality, a notion the pastor thoroughly debunks. The former alcoholic and drug addict told Straka he’s maintained a positive relationship with his brother throughout their life, a relatively normal upbringing with plenty of happy memories.
Since Glezman refocused his life on Christ, his relationship with his family has changed, but he told Straka he loves his brother and his husband unequivocally, though he won’t be casting his ballot for Mayor Pete.
Straka’s organization is dedicated to documenting former liberals who snapped out of the trance and decided to “Walk Away” from the victim mindset promoted by the Democrat party, and Glezman and his wife contributed testimonials about their experience in April.
Last week, Straka followed up with Glezman to better understand why he’s speaking out ahead of the 2020 election, and to get to the bottom of why he’s rooting against his brother-in-law.
“One of the first questions I had … is the is the basis of his reluctance to want to support or endorse Pete or Chasten based in any sort of faith-based problem that he has with them being gay, problem with homosexuality, and that’s why I picked up the phone and gave you a call,” said Straka, who is gay.
“To answer your question quickly, no,” Glezman said. “To denounce them has nothing to do with their sexual relationship. …
“We should never vote for someone because oh, Mayor Pete could be the first gay president, or Obama was the first black president, or first female president,” he said. “We should never denounce people because of that, but we shouldn’t solely vote for people because they’re gay, or black, or a woman …”
It’s the policies promoted by Democrats that convinced Glezman to vote for President Trump, he said, and candidates vying for the Democrat nomination in 2020 are now taking those policies to the extreme.
Buttigieg isn’t bad for America because he’s gay, Glezman said, he’s outright “dangerous” because of his radical positions on abortion, abolishing the electoral college, immigration, and other “anti-American” policies.
“I mean, come on. The extreme view on abortion, up to nine months. The talk of out-of-the-womb abortion,” he said. “That’s a huge, huge policy difference I have for my brother-in-law.”
Buttigieg “is very outspoken about it. He doesn’t think there should be any restrictions, he’s been on record saying … he can’t think of any restrictions that he would put in place for abortion,” Glezman said. “That’s alarming to me, it’s extreme.”
It’s by far not the only issue of contention, however.
“Another policy would be … to erase the electoral college. That is dangerous. We need to take that seriously in America, when you want to abolish the electoral college,” Glezman said. “If you love America … I mean, our founding fathers … articulated this so perfectly and instilled the electoral college for a reason, and just to come in and (abolish it?)
“Oh, America is terrible, it’s not working, so let’s just abolish everything. Let’s get rid of the electoral college. Let’s change the make-up of the Supreme Court. So we’ll just start eliminating these things and America will be wonderful,” he said. “No, America will be terrible. It will be terrible. It will be chaos.
“You don’t want to do that, and the policies (Buttigieg) is coming up with are alarming to me.”
Just because Mayor Pete is family, doesn’t mean his ideas are good for the country, Glezman said.
“These are policy issues, these aren’t personal things,” he said. “I love America. I want what’s best for America. And these policies that are coming up are against America, they’re anti-American is what they are.
“They’ve very anti-American.”
Bottom line: Glezman is urging voters to “stop and think” before casting their ballot for Buttigieg or other Democrats with socialist agendas.
Straka pointed out it’s difficult for many liberals to understand that the policies promoted by Democrats – on everything from immigration, to abortion, to free speech rights, and the right to bear arms – will have the biggest negative impacts on the minorities and other supposed victims the party purports to represent.
“That’s why I’m encouraging people all the time to really think what do you believe,” Glezman said. “Don’t believe the rhetoric. Don’t believe what the mainstream media – this narrative they’re pushing down your throat.
“No, stop and think ‘what would that really look like?’ … What would that really look like to have completely open borders? What would it look like to get rid of the electoral college, where you have people running in just a couple of states that control this whole country? What would that really look like … to change the make-up of the Supreme Court?”
“When people really stop and think, ‘What would that look like?’ it would be detrimental. It would be terrible. We’re not just saying it because we’re Trump supporters, or we’re conservatives. No, we love America.
“I love America.”