The Mainstream Media narrative for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign has long been that his husband, Chasten, was forced from his home by his family when he came out. The backward rubes just couldn’t appreciate the absolute fabulousness that was Chasten. Why, poor Chasten was even forced to live on the streets and work as a *gasp* Starbucks barista before he met sweet, wholesome (and heterosexual) Pete Buttigieg.
It’s a story that seems tailor made for any political campaign…but is it all a lie?
That’s exactly what Chasten’s brother, Rhyan Glezman is saying. Rhyan (who named these kids?) is upset about how his family has been portrayed by the Buttigieg campaign, and he spoke to the Washington Examiner to set the record straight.
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.
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’s very sad. If that’s all you have to stand on, you’re not fit to be president of the United States.”
Rhyan told the Washington Examiner that, while he doesn’t support Chasten’s lifestyle for religious reasons, he and his family always supported his brother.
Visibly pained, Glezman said: “Do I love him? Absolutely. He is my brother.” He said, “You can’t change that. Just because we have a disagreement doesn’t change 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.”
Rhyan Glezman and his family and church have received numerous death threats and hateful messages since the story of Chasten’s “terrible” experience of coming out broke last month. Glezman has received threats via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Glezman recounted one particularly disturbing message that stated he should “go out to the woodshed” and kill himself.
Chasten Buttigieg has apparently spent the last several weeks putting his brother and the rest of his family through absolute hell.
So his husband, Pete, can increase his chances of winning the Democrat presidential nomination.
Chasten’s family is Pete’s family by virtue of their marriage. Why would anyone want to vote for a man who would subject his family to something like this?