Chasten Buttigieg Has Dealt With Rush Limbaughs All His Life

"I know what it's like to feel like this country doesn't stand for you."

Chasten Buttigieg, who could become America’s first gentleman, has something to say.

ABC News Live spoke to Chasten this week about hubby Pete’s historic presidential campaign for its election-cycle interview series “Running Mates.”

Chasten, 30, was asked about right-wing radio host and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments about how it would look to have a “37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to 'Mr. Man' Donald Trump.”

"I've been dealing with this my whole life," said Chasten, who grew up in conservative rural Michigan. "I dealt with a multitude of Rush Limbaughs when I was walking through the hallways in my high school."

"And you have to realize that LGBTQ Americans have to come out every single day," the former middle school drama teacher continued. "When somebody asks who we're married to, asks about our partner, or you feel like you want to share something about yourself. But then you have to second guess how that person's going to react if I say, 'Well, my husband,' instead of 'my wife.'"

"I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life. What I'm actually worried about are the young people in this country who are watching the historic nature of this campaign and watching how people talk about it, watching how people react to it and treat it, and wondering if this country is actually a safe place for them to be."

Chasten, who is accustomed to being in the public eye as former first man of South Bend, Indiana, also opened up about joining his husband on the campaign trail. "I can connect with people," said the LGBTQ youth advocate, who has visited about 100 LGBTQ equality centers and homeless service providers. "As a person who came out in a country that made LGBTQ Americans feel disgusting and unwanted and unloved, I know what it's like to feel like this country doesn't stand for you."

And what if this country won't stand for a gay commander in chief? "I obviously want Pete to be president," he says. "But if for some reason it doesn’t work out, I will not for one moment hang my head in shame."

Chasten also shared a fun detail about meeting Pete in 2015 on the dating app Hinge. "I won’t lie. It was the picture of him in the military," he recalled, laughing. "And I fell hard and fast."

Pete Buttigieg memorably addressed Limbaugh's controversial comments earlier this week at a CNN town hall event. "The idea of the likes of Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump lecturing anybody on family values," he said. "I mean, I'm sorry, but one thing about my marriage is it's never involved me having to send hush money to a porn star after cheating on my spouse with him or her. So they want to debate family values, let's debate family values. I'm ready."

“I guess he just has a different idea of what makes a man than I do,” he later told Ellen DeGeneres. “I’m not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald Trump, frankly. When I was packing my bags for Afghanistan, Donald Trump was working on Season 7 of Celebrity Apprentice.”

Watch ABC News Live's “Running Mates” segment below.