Buttigieg Attacks Pence Seemingly to Raise His Profile, Gets Blown Out by the Facts

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, seems to be trying to help raise his profile by taking gratuitous shots at Vice President Mike Pence.

Buttigieg has been making remarks about Vice President Mike Pence, claiming Pence has an issue with him being gay.

From Daily Caller:

Buttigieg and Pence shared a political relationship in Indiana for four years, with Buttigieg serving as the mayor of South Bend since 2012 and Pence serving as the governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. Buttigieg, who came out as gay in 2015, never publicly expressed any concerns with how Pence treated him until he started running for president.

Pence is an evangelical Christian and thus does not support same-sex marriage, but there is no evidence he has ever discriminated against gay people. Nonetheless, political opponents have portrayed Pence as an anti-gay bigot eager to harm or destroy anyone whose lifestyle he does not support.

“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said Sunday at an LGBT event. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Buttigieg similarly told BuzzFeed News

in March that “it chills a lot of us, especially in the LGBTQ community, to see that somebody like that can be in that kind of position of power,” adding on The Daily Show that Pence is a “nice guy” but his views are “fanatical.”

What’s strange about all this to Pence’s people is that Pence has never been anything but friendly and supportive of Buttigieg when they were together in Indiana.

In 2014, for example, Pence called Buttigieg on the day of his deployment to Afghanistan — USA Today described Pence as “noticeably moved” during the call.

Pence responded with support in 2015 when he heard Buttigieg had come out as gay, asserting, “I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.”

And there are pictures of Buttigieg apparently having no issue hanging out with the ‘fanatic.’

Exactly.

And if that’s what Buttigieg is about, that’s pretty petty and small.

Richard Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany, who also is gay, came to Pence’s defense.

HT: Twitchy