Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, issued a short and sweet response after protesters chanting “Sodom and Gomorrah” interrupted him at an Iowa campaign rally.
An organized effort led by Randall Terry, a Christian activist who founded the anti-abortion rights group Operation Rescue, attempted to detract from the event by shouting about the Biblical cities destroyed by God’s wrath. But the crowd of more than 1,600 Buttigieg supporters drowned them out by chanting Buttigieg’s name.
Once the ruckus died down, Buttigieg, the first openly gay man in American history to run for the nation’s highest office, smiled and said:
“The good news is, the condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa caucuses are up to you.”
"You know, the good news is, the condition of my soul is in the hands of God but the Iowa Caucuses are up to you."
— The Hill (@thehill) April 17, 2019
Buttigieg’s measured response earned significant praise, with some noting that the crowd’s reaction lay in stark contrast to the often raucous behavior witnessed at Trump rallies.
I don't think I'd respond to a heckler shouting "remember Sodom and Gomorrah!" in such a calm way, so good thing I'm not running for president. https://t.co/im8FR3kLFP
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 17, 2019
Is Lott really the person you want to hold up as how to live your life? A man who gave his virgin daughters to a gang to rape and then preceded to sleep with them and have children. Thinking my money is on Mayor Pete. https://t.co/QUxO6HjXEL
— Renee Adcock (@Dixiead) April 17, 2019
How refreshing to see a candidate who doesn’t threaten a protestor with violence and promise to pay legal fees for any of his supporters who punches the protestor in the mouth.
— Beth Noble (@nobleeffort55) April 17, 2019
Pete has more integrity and strong moral character in his little finger than Trump has in his whole body, and you can add the rest of his family’s bodies too.
— Just can’t stay silent (@sortaskeptical) April 17, 2019
So extreme are Terry’s views that the organization he founded, cut ties with him years ago.
“Randall Terry is not affiliated with Operation Rescue and does not speak for this organization in any way,” Operation Rescue said in 2009, shortly after Terry claimed that the murder of late-term abortionist George Tiller “has the potential to propel us more quickly to our goal.”
This wasn’t the first time Buttigieg was heckled while on the campaign trail.
The same group of protesters led by Terry has cosplayed as Jesus, Satan, and Buttigieg in another attempt to denounce Buttigieg’s “sins.”
Protesters at @PeteButtigieg meet and greet — this time it involves actors dressed as Jesus, Satan and the mayor.
75+ people gathered here in Marshalltown, waiting to hear from the mayor.
“Seeing these protesters inspires me to support Pete even more,” one attendee told me. pic.twitter.com/obbrwqFg22
— Elena Schneider (@ec_schneider) April 17, 2019
Terry has pledged to follow Buttigieg around Iowa with the intention of disrupting all five of his campaign stops.”
“I grieve for Pete Buttigieg – for his endangered soul, his sexual bondage – and I am enraged by what he is really doing,” he said. “He is a baby-killing politician, who is recruiting young people into homosexual bondage by his example, and trying to normalize what is an intrinsically evil behavior.”