South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay presidential contender within the Democratic Party, continues to gain media momentum following his official announcement to run for the Oval Office in 2020.
On many of his cable appearances and interviews, Buttigieg brings up the topic of Vice President Mike Pence and his conservative Christian background. The mayor has equated Pence, who is the former Governor of Indiana, to an anti-gay figure, despite the fact Pence has never publicly disparaged or verbally insulted LGBTQ folk.
Buttigieg has ramped up his rhetoric against Pence, even though the VP has refused to return back any clashing words. In fact, Pence’s only response to Buttigieg’s claims was to clarify his personal stance, which is that he doesn’t believe in discriminating against anyone.
“I hope that Pete will offer more to the American people than attacks on my Christian faith or attacks on the president as he seeks the highest office in the land,” Pence said. “I think Pete’s quarrel is with the First Amendment. All of us in this country have the right to our religious beliefs.”
As the race continues to gear up, should Buttigieg save face and apologize to Pence for incorrectly labeling his beliefs? Or are Buttigieg’s claims justified?