Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said President Donald Trump told him to “never apologize” for comments he made on former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality. 

Limbaugh said that the president called him last week to discuss his claim that, “America’s still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage.” Many Democrats were outraged by the comments, and Buttigieg responded saying he didn’t need to be lectured by Limbaugh about family values. 

“I love my husband. I’m faithful to my husband. On stage we usually just go for a hug. But I love him very much, and I’m not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh,” Buttigieg told CNN on Sunday. 

On the show, he reportedly said, “A gay guy, 37 years old, loves kissing his husband on debate stages. Can you see Trump having fun with that?”

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Limbaugh, who announced earlier this month that he was being treated for lung cancer,  defended himself on Monday saying “didn’t lecture him on family values.” “Hell, the president even called me about this!” Limbaugh said on his show. “He said, ‘Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize. Don’t ever apologize.’ 

“I had no idea this thing had even bubbled up,” he said. “You know, I’m up doing the medical thing that I have to do here, and I wasn’t even aware of this.”

He continued, “I think they think that there’s a lot of people that don’t know he’s gay and that I sort of dropped the dime on it and let people who otherwise didn’t know that Mayor Pete is gay. I think that’s what they’re really mad about, that I even mentioned it.”

The White House nor Buttigieg have commented on the matter. 

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