Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is being accused of fabricating a disgusting story about his husband’s family, as a way to gain sympathy from voters. Now, after Buttigieg’s brother-in-law, a pastor in a small Michigan town is calling him out after receiving death threats and hate mail from the left.
Washington Examiner reports- Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law is accusing the gay Democratic presidential hopeful of hijacking his family’s history for political advantage by crafting a bogus backstory of poverty, homelessness, and homophobia.
Rhyan Glezman, 34, a pastor in small-town Michigan, said he was inundated by death threats and hate mail when stories surfaced this month claiming he was a bigot who had fallen out with his younger brother Chasten when Chasten came out of the closet.
The reports were based on a Washington Post article, which described how Chasten, 29, was forced out of the family home and never reconciled with his two brothers.
From the Daily Mail – Chasten is the youngest of three brothers brought up in a conservative family in Traverse City, Michigan. His father, Terry, runs a landscaping business.
When he came out he left home. ‘I don’t recall my parents specifically saying I couldn’t live at home anymore, but I was made to believe I needed to leave,’ he told the New York Times last year.
But rather than rejecting his brother Chasten, a would-be “first gentleman,” Glezman, who has run the Clio Community Church for the past two years, said his family has been loving and supportive throughout.
“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,” he said in an interview with the Washington Examiner at his church in Clio. “To me that’
Glezman said no one had been particularly shocked when Chasten came out as gay. In fact, it helped them make sense of his studious nature in a family of outdoorsmen, according to Glezman. Nor was his family particularly religious — “We went to church at Easter and Christmas” — or the type to banish a son into homelessness.
“He went away,” is how Glezman put it. “He was struggling for a time. But there was nothing on the family end that said he had to leave.”
Glezman was particularly angered, he added, by accounts suggesting the family was poor and that Chasten went without as he was growing up. It was little more than an example of playing the “victim card” for political gain.
“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.”
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.