Vice President Mike Pence criticized South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg for calling out the VP’s infamously antigay stances.
Pence, who was the governor of Indiana, said on CNBC’s Squawk Box that Buttigieg “knows him better” and was trying to make waves in a swelling Democratic field.
Buttigieg responded to the Vice President’s assertion in a recent appearance on Ellen and his response was classic Mayor Pete.
.@PeteButtigieg on Mike Pence: “I’m not critical of his faith. I’m critical of bad policies. I don’t have a problem with religion. I’m religious, too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people.” 🔥🔥
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 12, 2019
“I’m not interested in feuding with the Vice President, but if he wanted to clear this up, he could come out today and say that he’s changed his mind, that it shouldn’t be legal to discriminate against anybody in this country for who they are.”
Buttigieg went on to describe that his religion, unlike what many speculate about Pence’s, was “a message that is fundamentally about love, about love and humility.” His comments were met with applause from the audience.
As did Twitter.
This is it. I want him to win
— Adrian (@Adriansuxx) April 12, 2019
What can I say?
I think he has a great platform, and he speaks for the majority of the USA
— Shawn In Az 🌵 (@ShawnInArizona) April 12, 2019
— Ashley (@ashleymarin16) April 12, 2019
I personally have not heard anything from Mike Pence that comes close to thoughtful or kind. Unless of course it’s about his hero DJT. Thank you Pete because you are the complete opposite of this administration in heart and integrity.
— TMW (@tmwteresa) April 12, 2019
And it looks like the Buttigieg phenomenon won’t be ending any time soon.
Multiple polls have seen a surge in the candidate’s popularity, trailing only behind frontrunners like Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
And it seems like his fire isn’t done catching.
The more I hear from him the more I want him to lead us out of this darkness.
— Janet Johnson (@BuggaJohnson) April 12, 2019
Me last week: BERNIE 2020!
Me today: Bernie 2020????
— Liam G. (@LiamCGardner) April 12, 2019
Every time I hear from @PeteButtigieg the more he impresses me. He seems to pocess a value system, policies and energy our country is starving for.
— Deb WhitePigeon Bloom (@indianwthfether) April 12, 2019
The more I hear him speak the more I like him
— Ser Johnson (@SerJohnson3) April 12, 2019
Mayor Pete is proving to be the anti-Trump.