Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence, has responded to criticism from gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
It all started when Buttigieg alluded to Mike Pence having a problem with the gay mayor’s sexuality.
‘That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand,’ said Buttigieg on Sunday (7 April), who is a devout Episcopalian. ‘That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.’
Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, then responded to the very public call-out yesterday (10 April).
‘They’ve always had a great relationship,’ the Second Lady told Kilmeade. ‘It’s funny because I don’t think the vice president does have a problem with him, but I think it’s helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the vice president.’
The VP was formerly Indiana’s governor, where Buttigieg is a mayor of South Bend.
Now the situation has escalated even further, with the Vice President himself addressing the comments last night (10 April).
‘He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally,’ Pence told CNBC’s Joe Kernen. ‘And he knows better.’
Pence then added: ‘He knows me.’
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on @VP: “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?” https://t.co/0w8SGn2Fw9 #CNNTownHall pic.twitter.com/7F6pvSfNOF
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 11, 2019
Buttigeig previously questioned how Mike Pence can be a Christian but be complicit in Donald Trump’s presidency.
He told CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘My understanding of scripture is that it is about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person, and that idea of welcome.’
‘That’s what I get in the gospel and when I’m in church. His has a lot more to do with sexuality and, I don’t know, a certain view of rectitude,’ Buttigieg said.
Pete Buttigieg’s run for presidency
Mayor Pete Buttigieg came out publicly as gay in 2015.
He married his partner, Chasten, last year in June and then went to his local Pride parade.
On 22 January, he announced he was running for President, as a Democratic candidate.
At the time, he said his campaign will focus on ‘intergenerational justice’.
He said: ‘My generation is the generation that experienced school shootings beginning when I was in high school, the generation that fought in the post 9/11 wars, the first generation not to be better off than our parents materially – if nothing changes.’
Buttigieg also appeared to take a swipe at President Donald Trump’s mantra, Make America Great Again.
He added: ‘There is no again in the real world. We can’t look for greatness in the past. Right now our country needs a fresh start.
‘There’s a new generation of voices emerging in our country, walking away from the politics of the past and ready to deliver on our priorities. There is no again in the real world. That’s not a bad thing. We’re ready for a fresh start,’ he said.
The 37-year-old is the joint youngest candidate to enter the race, alongside Representative Tulsi Gabbard.
According to a recent opinion poll, he is currently the third most popular candidate — behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.