Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s husband Chasten Buttigieg claimed that Republicans are telling suicidal LGBTQ people to go “pull the trigger.”

Buttigieg made the bogus claims on Friday during MSNBC’s “Deadline” during a conversation about what is at stake in the presidential election. Host Nicole Wallace brought up Republicans’ position on abortion, claiming that should be an angle to consider when deciding who to vote in the general election.

“I keep having Amanda Zurawski back, the woman in Texas who was pregnant and named her daughter Willow,” Wallace said, adding, “She lost her pregnancy at 18 weeks and almost died of sepsis. It’s a story that is real. It’s a woman who very much wanted her pregnancy. It’s this inconvenient wrinkle for Republicans for extremist Republicans policies on abortion because it doesn’t fit into the mold. If you love a woman or you are a woman or know a woman or have a child, you understand what the stakes are in this election.”

Buttigieg, an LGBTQ activist and teacher, steered the conversation toward gender ideology, saying, “It requires a lot of vulnerability. It’s really hard but for me, getting to grow up to be this person was a miracle. When I was 13, 14 years old and sitting in my parent’s basement, I would stare at my dad’s gun cabinet and I thought that was the only way out.”

“I would never know love. I would never know family. I would never know community. I thought I was the only gay person in the world. I felt like the world was telling me to pull the trigger. I very much feel this election is about one candidate who looks at that kid and says ‘I’ve got your back,’ and another candidate who surrounds himself with people who are actively saying ‘pull the trigger.’ That’s what they believe. They do not support LGTBQ people. They do not support families like my own. And they are not doing anything actively to make life better or safer for kids like my own, for families like my own and for many other people around this country,” Buttigieg added.

According to him, Trump’s lack of support for the LGBTQ community is why he will campaign “every single day” for President Joe Biden, who he believes is supportive of the community.

Buttigieg’s discussion with Wallace is not the first time he would accuse Republicans of wishing ill on the LGBTG community. He made similar claims in an appearance on the station in June 2023, saying that the focus of the GOP is in “minimizing and attacking LGBTQ Americans.”