Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced anti-LGBTI hecklers at two events in Iowa on Tuesday (16 April).
According to CNN, the protesters came from out of state. Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry led the protesters.
The first disruption took place in Fort Dodge, where a man stood up and shouted: ‘We will not stop, he is misleading our children.’
After the man was removed, Buttigieg simply responded, ‘We are so dug in in such passionate ways.
‘That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator. I view it differently. We ought to be able to view it differently.’
Des Moines was the location of the second event. Two protesters stood while Buttigieg spoke and yelled ‘Remember Sodom and Gomora’ throughout.
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) April 17, 2019
These biblical cities are where residents ‘indulged in sexual immorality’ and hat to ‘serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire’ as their punishment, according to the book of Jude.
Chants in favor of Buttigieg quickly drowned out the protesters in both cases.
Protesters are nothing new at political events. They appeared at both rallies for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
‘Part of politics’
To his credit, Buttigieg took the protesters in stride. When responding to a question about them from a Hill reporter, he said it’s ‘part of politics’.
He continued: ‘I think it goes best if we can communicate our disagreements respectfully without interruption or that kind of disruption, but I understand it comes from a very passionate place and I respect that.’
Pete Buttigieg on protesters: "It's a part of politics. I think it goes best if we can communicate our disagreements respectfully without interruption or that kind of disruption, but I understand it comes from a very passionate place and I respect that."
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 17, 2019
Prior to running for president, no one outside of South Bend, Indiana really knew Buttigieg. He has since become a rising star in the Democratic party and a candidate people are paying attention to.
Though he only officially declared his candidacy recently, he is already making an impression.
In a March poll, he came in third among Iowa residents, where these hecklers appeared.
Iowa is one of two states, alongside New Hampshire, who votes first. Since 1980, only one presidential candidate from either party has won their party’s nomination without winning Iowa, New Hampshire, or both. That was Bill Clinton in 1992.
While Iowa may not represent the whole of the United States, it essentially the first major kick-off of the presidential election.
It narrows the field, determining who does and who does not have a legitimate chance at the nomination.
The Iowa caucuses are currently scheduled for 3 February 2020.