2020: Pete Buttigieg's Brother-In-Law Says His 'Rags to Riches' Story Is Fake
Presidential candidate accused of telling story built on falsehoods
The brother-in-law of South Bend Mayor and 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg has claimed the glowing report on the presidential candidate and his husband are based on falsehoods.
Christian Pastor Rhyan Glezman suggests that Buttigieg used the story to better his chances in the Democratic field.
Chasten Buttigieg last month told The Washington Post that his brothers both rejected him when he came out as gay.
He then describes how he became homeless and working at Starbucks to afford health insurance before meeting his husband 'changed his life.
WaPo seemingly laps ups Buttigieg’s rags to riches story that details the rejection from his family, but according to his brother in law, it couldn't be further from the truth.
In a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham, Glezman rejects the story as fantasy:
LAURA INGRAHAM: Has your family ever had an issue with your brother and his husband, his lifestyle?
RHYAN GLEZMAN: Absolutely not. It couldn’t be further than the truth. There has absolutely never been any amount of shunning him from the family. I love my brother, dearly. I want the best for him, I want the best for Pete, and this story, this narrative of the family shunning him just couldn’t be further from the truth.
INGRAHAM: Why would he make this up?
GLEZMAN: The way I see it is in such a competitive, a very large Democratic field of candidates, you need to have a story. I’m not going to cut down a mayor’s role.
I think a mayor’s role is important. But, at the end of the day, if you only have the mayor role and you’re going to the highest office in the country, you need to have a different story.
Unfourtnaly, we came victim to that, our family, of having this rags to riches story be brought up about my brother’s childhood and the past to gain political points in the polls, the way I see it.
INGRAHAM: I’m sensitive to this issue of family coming out and commenting on other family members.
Why don’t you just pick up the phone and talk to either Pete or your brother-in-law? Why come on this show? I don’t understand why you don’t pick up the phone.
GLEZMAN: To be honest with you, I didn’t sign up for this. The only reason I’m here is for the truth to prevail. If it was that easy, that would have already been done.
Last month, Buttigieg accused President Donald Trump of pretending to have an injury so he could avoid serving in the Vietnam War.
Buttigieg claimed that Trump 'manipulated' the system to get a diagnosis allowing him to avoid the draft.
“I have a pretty dim view of his decision to use his privileged status to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam,” Mr. Buttigieg said at a Washington Post event.
Trump was given a medical exemption from the military in 1968 after he was diagnosed with bone spurs in his heels.
The 2020 hopeful also recently called for former President Thomas Jefferson's name to be stripped from public view.
During a radio interview, Buttigieg insisted that removing Jefferson's name from buildings, honors, and events - specifically the annual Democrat fundraiser, the "Jefferson-Jackson Dinner" - is "the right thing to do."