At a CNN town hall in Austin, Texas Sunday night, Democratic presidential candidate Peter Buttigieg tore into Vice President Mike Pence for supporting President Donald Trump despite being an evangelical Christian.
Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana and the only millennial seeking the nation’s highest office, told Jake Tapper that he used to think Pence “believed in our institutions and was not personally corrupt.”
But this changed when Pence decided to join Trump’s presidential ticket, becoming one of Trump’s most faithful footsoldiers.
Buttigieg contrasted his own beliefs with Pence’s fundamentalist “interpretation of scripture,” the basis of Pence’s opposition to topics like gay rights and pre/extramarital sex:
“My understanding of scripture is that it is about protecting the stranger, and the prisoner, and the poor person… has a lot more to do with sexuality and a certain degree of rectitude.”
And therein lies Pence’s hypocrisy, Buttigieg said:
“How could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency. Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump?”
Pete Buttigieg on Pence's support of Trump: "How could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency. Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump?" Via CNN pic.twitter.com/qH1WnXUHrj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 11, 2019
No offense to porn stars, but the nickname is perfect.
The pornstar president— I hope that phrase gets used a lot.
— Sharon Beattie (@beattie8_sharon) March 11, 2019
I like Pete Buttigieg a lot and hope he goes far in the 2020 election but he should probably relax on how he frames his point using the term 'porn star.' It comes across like he’s judging Stormy Daniels for her choice of profession.
— Ran. (@saintxart) March 11, 2019
What a perfect dig at Pence.
When you sign up to work for the Anti-Christ as Pence has, it is a long and dark road you walk down
— Will in Seattle (@WillSeattle) March 11, 2019
Damn this is devastating coming 2 years into the Trump presidency. Pence is done.
— Limited Liability Cool J (@jesticide) March 11, 2019
I can hear Mother clutching her pearls from here
— Zach Wenzel (@wenzitgonnaend) March 11, 2019
Buttigieg may not yet be a household name, but his town hall on Sunday certainly made a splash.