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Video: Pete Buttigieg's husband, Chasten, leads children in a pledge of allegiance to the LGBTQ flag, dresses potatoes as drag queens

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A video clip of Chasten Buttigieg – the husband of Pete Buttigieg – leading children in a pledge to the LGBTQ flag has resurfaced and recently gone viral on social media.

Chasten was a guest counselor at the Iowa Safe Schools' Pride Camp in July 2019.

The husband of President Joe Biden's transportation secretary is seen on video leading children in a pledge to the rainbow flag – which is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer pride.

Log Cabin Republicans of Richmond – the "city's first and only group dedicated to representing LGBTQ conservatives and straight allies who support fairness, freedom, and equality for all Americans" – shared the controversial clip on Twitter.

"I pledge my heart to the rainbow of the not-so-typical gay camp," Chasten says in the same cadence as when reciting the American Pledge of Allegiance. "One camp, full of pride, indivisible, with affirmation and equal rights for all."

Then Chasten waves the LGBTQ flag above the heads of the teens – who put their rights hands over their hearts in the same manner as when pledging allegiance to the United States of America.

Culture Catch – a website that covers music, literature, film, art, and theater – reported that Chasten also participated in an activity of dressing potatoes up as drag queens at the camp with the minors.

That stage also included Chasten's visit to an LGBTQI camp for teens where he revealed: "I went to a high school of 1500 kids, and nobody was out. It was extremely unsafe to be out . . . . I didn't even know anybody who may have been remotely gay." If only he had had someone like Mayor Pete running for political office back then, life would have been so much easier. The campers concurred, and then they all got out their potatoes for Drag-tato Day and let loose with the makeup on the spuds. Chasten, too.

The video clip is from the "Mayor Pete" documentary that was released by Amazon Prime in November 2021 and followed Pete Buttigieg's failed presidential run in 2020.

The synopsis of the documentary:

Directed by Jesse Moss, "Mayor Pete" will take viewers inside Buttigieg’s headline-generating campaign to be the youngest U.S. President, providing an unprecedented intimacy with the candidate, his husband Chasten, and their team. The Amazon Studios documentary will show the former mayor of South Bend, Ind. during the earliest days of the campaign, through his unlikely, triumphant victory in Iowa and beyond — revealing what goes on inside a campaign for the highest office in the land, and how it changes the lives of those involved in it.

The movie review website Slant – whose writers "have appeared on MSNBC, BBC, CNN, and NPR, and have written for the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Notebook, Reverse Shot, the Brooklyn Rail, Time Out New York, and other prominent publications" – wrote a review of the documentary with the headline: "'Mayor Pete' Pledges Sycophantic Allegiance to Personality Over Politics."

The review claims that the documentary provides a "cognitively dissonant portrait of U.S. politics" and "the film's approach is completely subsumed by the importance of the Mayor Pete persona as the means and ends of the candidacy, and particularly the relevance of Buttigieg’s status as the first openly gay candidate seeking a major party's nomination." The site gave "Mayor Pete" one and a half stars out of four.

"Mayor Pete" has a 54% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 4.5 rating out of a possible 10 on IMDb.

You can watch the trailer for the "Mayor Pete" documentary below.

Mayor Pete | Official Trailer | Prime Video www.youtube.com

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