WATCH: Pete Buttigieg Says to Audience after Heckling: ‘The Condition of My Soul is in the Hands of God, but the Iowa Caucuses Are up to You’

Earlier, Buttigieg was confronted by a man who interrupted him during a smaller event in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

“Grandparents, do you want your grandchildren following his example?” the man yelled after Buttigieg brought up same-sex marriage. “God loves us, but he [Buttigieg] stands for the murder of unborn babies,” he continued, a reference to comments Buttigieg made last month about how women are not “free if your reproductive choices are being dictated by male politicians in Washington.”

“Coffee after church gets a little rowdy sometimes,” Buttigieg said after the man was removed from the room. “That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator. I view it differently. We ought to be able to view it differently.”

Buttigieg has faced considerable opposition from members of the right, including Chandelle Summer, a conservative contributor to MSNBC who believes Buttigieg is “so far from the norm” as to hand President Donald Trump a victory in 2020.

“He will be the first Maltese-American and Episcopalian gay, millennial war veteran ever to have reached for the presidency,” Summer said earlier this week. “He is so far from the norm when it comes to political candidates that I think that voters will flock in droves to Donald Trump as a candidate just because they will find this so unusual and frightening.”

These criticisms are unlikely to deter Buttigieg, who firmly believes he can defeat Trump in 2020.

“I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern, millennial mayor, but we live in a moment that compels us each to act,” he said while announcing his candidacy on Sunday. “It calls for a new generation of leadership. It’s time to walk away from the politics of the past and toward something totally different.”

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