Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law is has called into question in reporting by the Washington Post’s Ellen McCarthy that accuses Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten Buttigieg, of portraying their family as impoverished and homophobic.
“The life story he tells includes bullying, estrangement, homelessness and sexual assault,” the Post’s McCarthy wrote, describing that after Chasten Buttigieg told his family he was gay that “A stalemate took hold of the house. There was a lot of silence, Chasten says, but he remembers hearing one of his brothers utter, ‘No brother of mine …’
“Chasten packed his bags. ‘I felt like I just could not be there,’ he says. ‘So, I left.’
“…He brought his bags to a friend’s apartment, then bounced around on people’s couches, trying not to wear out his welcome. Sometimes he slept in his car at the far edge of the parking lot of the community college where he was taking classes.”
Rhyan Glezman, the brother of Chasten Buttigieg, told the Washington Examiner that there was no homophobia or animosity toward Chasten Buttigieg.
“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 Examiner’s Rob Crilly wrote.
“‘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.’ … Nor was his family particularly religious — ‘We went to church at Easter and Christmas’ — or the type to banish a son into homelessness,” Glezman told the Examiner. “‘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.’”