Since announcing his intention to run the 2020 presidential race, Pete Buttigieg has encountered a lot of homophobia.
However, he encountered possibly the most surreal protest to date in the form of a man dressed as the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Not only did the homophobe mimic the presidential hopeful, but the protester whipped another man dressed as Jesus while another dressed as the devil cheered on.
Journalist Marcus DiPaolo captured the strange situation before Buttigieg began his speech in Marshalltown, Iowa yesterday (17 April).
In the Mayor’s first event of the day in Marshalltown, the protesters showed up during a rally with a crowd count reportedly of 115, excluding the media.
— Marcus DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) April 17, 2019
‘I have no words,’ DiPaolo said, as a protester dressed as the devil can be heard saying: ‘Beat him Peter, beat him. I hate this guy.
‘More blood, Pete. Every vote is a lash on the back of Christ.’
It has been reported that the protesters represented a group called Society for Truth and Justice who have staged similar stunts in the past.
Not the first time
However, while this is certainly the strangest homophobic protest Buttigieg has encountered, it was not the first.
— Iowa Caucus Watch (@caucuswatch) April 17, 2019
Earlier this week, USA Today reported that homophobes shouted ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ at the mayor. Interrupting his campaign rally in his hometown.
Buttigieg rebutted by saying: ‘The good news is the condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa caucuses are up to you.’
The crowd reportedly went wild.