Pete Buttigieg Takes Another Swing at Pence — Says the VP ‘Advances Homophobic Policies’

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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.

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Otis
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Butt-gig and his ‘First Man’ will only see the inside of the White House on a public tour.

Phyllis Softa
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Are you basing your assertion? Having military service? Rhodes scholar status? Harvard degree? Married only once? NO history of fines for corrupt business practices, no class-action lawsuit settlement for fraud, no actual sexual assault allegations and no Access Hollywood videos? No bankruptcies, No TV reality host job? Do you really perceive the Trump resume is something the American electorate will be using going forward???

Sherri
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Here’s the deal – Buttigieg is lying. Just recently on CNN Pence said “I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody how I want to be treated,” the vice president continued. “The truth of it is, all of us have our own religious convictions. Pete has his convictions, I have mine.”

Phyllis Softa
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Pence will forever be known as the Governor that signed Indiana’s RFRA. Buttigieg is NOT lying. Look carefully at the statement Pence made to CNN. Pence avoided mention of his POLICIES. That is what Buttigieg statement was about. As Pete clearly articulated, he was NOT speaking to what is in Pence’s heart. Only Pence knows if his signing of the policy was to push his religious views on others or simply a political move. Pence got such push back, he was forced to amended the policy. —

Sherri
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What was signed into law in no way reflects Buttigieg’s claim. Further, this is about religious beliefs, not Christian beliefs. What was signed into law is about religious beliefs, not Christian beliefs. Therefore it would apply to Muslims, Hindus, Satanists, etc. http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/101#document-92bab197

Paul
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I thought Hugh was a better interviewer. Why didn’t he press Buttigieg on what specific policies VP Pence is advancing? Mr. Buttigieg, your generalization accusations without any specific context are little more than a pretext.

Sherri
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It’s what they always do and it’s past old. They toss out slanderous statements and provide absolutely zero evidence to support their claim. The media continues to allow these baseless claims and never hold the interviewee accountable.

Phoenix
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Uh… Pence was pretty aggressive in his policies when he was in IN and it was widely covered in the media. That really wasn’t that long ago.

It was only 2013 that he signed into law (which he supported) that homosexuas could be jailed if they applied for a marraige license.

Thats just one example of his record of discrimination against that community. Plenty others to be found with a google search if your memory is faulty.

Barack
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Barack

Not exactly true. Even Snoops does not back this claim.

Phyllis Softa
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If the Indiana RFRA was not extreme, WHY was Pence forced to amended it? WHY would Gov Brewer, not exactly a leftie, refuse to sign the same bill in AZ?

Sherri
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The claim that “Pence forced” is a big nope. You must know how the legislative process works??? He can only sign or veto what is presented.

Phyllis Softa
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HE SIGNED IT! He was “forced” to respond to the backlash that was fast and furious. .

Sherri
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Yep, he signed it. Have you read it? I provided a link. It protects all religions, not just Pence’s. You keep going with “he was forced”. No, he wasn’t. He wasn’t held hostage, wasn’t forced, and “he” didn’t amend it. Go read it. RFRA is not some horrendous piece of legislation. It protects Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Satanists as in ALL religions whether you like the particular religion or not. The reality of the situation is you probably would be fine if it protected all religions except Christianity.

Phyllis Softa
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The economy of Indiana was held hostage, not Pence.

Sherri
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You, literally, missed my point. No one held him hostage with a weapon to his head. He wasn’t “forced”. No where in our conversation has the economy been discussed. Stick to the topic. Focus!

James
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True; BUT. Pence took the correct action in 2013. The SCOTUS ruled in the LGPDQ’s favor in 2015 they could marry. That is why a number of Notaries here in Florida (myself included) resigned our commissions in order to not be a party to that particular scam by officiating at their so-called “marriage”.

Phoenix
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So it isn’t discrimination because you agreed with his actions? Sorry, but that isn’t how it works.

It’s fine if you agree with Pence’s actions, thats your business. My only point is Pence doesn’t get to act like he is being wronged when he is accused of discriminating homosexuals. He did so plenty and only stopped because he legally had to. He would have gladly went a lot further.

Phyllis Softa
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Welcome back

Phoenix
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Thanks Phyllis – I’m probably on borrowed time, but I’ll keep posting until I’m blocked again for spam. Still can’t login though.

Phyllis Softa
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SPAM? Really? IJR is attempting to be bipartisan. If they only wish to have one view here, they should just tell us this is a Trump Only Zone. Perhaps you should contact Alex and ask why you have been blocked. The only spam I see here are the work from home ads that infiltrate the site every few months.

Sherri
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When snopes even disputes this you know the left has it wrong (most likely deliberately). https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/mike-pence-marriage-licenses/

Phyllis Softa
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You and your 4 up votes might be the only ones in the country that did not know Mike Pence championed and as Governor signed RFRA for Indiana. There was so much backlash, Pence was forced to amend the Indiana law.

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