2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg ruffled some feathers when he set out to remind “the Mike Pences of the world” during an LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch that his marriage to his husband brought him “closer to God.”
However, Vice President Mike Pence is doubling down on his response that even though he holds Christian beliefs, he doesn’t “believe in discrimination.”
As IJR Red reported, the vice president already spoke up about the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana for taking shots “critical of my Christian faith,” saying Buttigieg “knows better” earlier this week.
Although the two hold opposing beliefs when it comes to whether marriage should be between a man and woman, Pence said in a previous interview the two “worked very closely” while he was governor of Indiana and had a “great working relationship.”
Pence reiterated his close working relationship with Buttigieg during a CNN interview that aired on Friday morning
“I considered him a friend,” he said. “He knows I don’t have a problem with him.”
“I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody the way that I want to be treated,” he added. “The truth of it is, all of us have our own religious convictions. Pete has his convictions, I have mine.”
Watch the video below:
.@VP: "I've known Mayor Pete for many years. We've worked very closely together when I was governor and I considered him a friend and he knows I don't have a problem with him. I don't believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody the way that I want to be treated." pic.twitter.com/jV9Vq1X0SS
— The Hill (@thehill) April 12, 2019
As IJR Blue reported, at the event last Sunday, the Democratic candidate took a swipe at Pence.
“Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said.
“That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand,” he said. “That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
In case you missed it, see his comments below:
Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to Vice President Mike Pence: "If you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.” https://t.co/xrfksxrUYz pic.twitter.com/TqshlzWZyr
— CNN (@CNN) April 8, 2019
Buttigieg is one of many on the long list of Democratic candidates trying to set themselves apart in the 2020 presidential election — and as Pence’s wife Karen pointed out, Buttigieg’s jab at her husband is giving him “some notoriety” in the race, as IJR Red reported.