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.”
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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