Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend mayor turned presidential candidate, has never shied away from being critical of Vice President Mike Pence, who was governor of Indiana during Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor and on the 2020 trail, as he’s attacked the vice president whenever the opportunity arose.
Buttigieg, who is a member of the LGBT community, continued that line of attack this week when he told right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt that he was “disappointed” in Pence’s policies. He added that he believes the vice president “advances homophobic policies.”
Hewitt asked Buttigieg if he really believes that the vice president is homophobic. Buttigieg responded, “Well, he advances homophobic policies.” He added, “He’s always been polite to me in person. But you look at the fact that he, to this day, cannot bring himself to say that it shouldn’t be legal to discriminate against people who are gay.”
Listen to his remarks below:
The Democrat also brought up his time in the military, saying that Pence “hasn’t even gone on the record to say whether he believes that my family should be broken up or my marriage should be ended or not.”
He added, “If you’re in public office and you advance homophobic policies, on some level it doesn’t matter whether you do that out of political calculation or whether you do it out of sincere belief. The problem is it’s hurting other people.”
The feud between Pence and Buttigieg is pretty long-standing, even though in public appearances, they’ve seemed to get along. In his memoir, which was released earlier this year, Buttigieg writes about Pence’s passage of a religious freedom bill that was interpreted as a way to target the LGBT community.
The mayor has been taking the Democratic field by storm, rising consistently in the polls. Even Hewitt said that he has been following the Democrat’s White House run closely.