Karen Pence felt that her husband Mike Pence’s Christian values were being attacked by 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg’s homosexuality.
The Second Lady and her elder daughter Charlotte Pence were compelled to defend their patriarch during a press tour for their book, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, after the publicly gay South Bend mayor addressed the fact that being gay is not a choice.
While at a fundraiser for the LGBTQ organization Victory Fund on Sunday, Buttigieg slammed the vice president for his version of Christianity and his attacks on the LGBTQ community.:
“If me being gay was a choice, it was made far, far above my pay grade. That’s the thing that 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.”
The South Bend mayor told reporters that it is time for a more “human vision of faith” and that “all of us deserve equal claim on the blessings of life in this country.”
On Fox News’ The Brian Kilmeade Show, Karen Pence, a.k.a. “Mother,” quoted a passage from their book and communicated that Buttigieg is misinterpreting his relationship with the former governor.
“I think in our country we need to understand you shouldn’t be attacked for what your religious beliefs are and I think kids need to learn that at a young age that this is okay no matter what faith people have, we don’t attack them for their faith.”
People rightfully gave Mother a news flash by redefining the word “attack.”
@SecondLady Your husband literally wants to electrocute the gay out of people. If that’s not an attack on people, because of YOUR religious beliefs, I don’t know what is…Angry stink bug pic.twitter.com/BmmG2M7u22
— Jessica McCord (@heartmendR) April 10, 2019
— Steve Anders (@SteveAnders4) April 10, 2019
Does she not even see the hypocrisy in her statement???Attacking people for their beliefs is ALL this administration does, her homophobic husband included.
— ❄️White Orchid ❄️ (@WhiteOrch1d) April 10, 2019
.@SecondLady Karen Pence, you work at a school that bars LGBTQ teachers in a country where employees can still be fired for their sexual orientation/gender identity in 26 states.@PeteButtigieg did not attack your religion. He defended the marginalized.https://t.co/NlaDfeKYNW
— Victory Fund (@VictoryFund) April 10, 2019
1) he defended HIS faith. He didn’t “attack” yours
2) if your faith embraces bigotry, in any form, perhaps it DESERVES to be attacked
— Matt V ???? (@MIB1188) April 10, 2019
Pence said of her husband and his former colleague, “They’ve always had a great relationship,” and she believes Buttigieg’s criticism of the vice president is to leverage his position in the upcoming 2020 election.
“I think it’s helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the Vice President. But again, it just goes back to this religious liberty.”
Well, other than Mike wanting to deny him any rights, invalidate his marriage, and literally torture him straight yeah sure I bet mother is right they get along like the best of pals
— Foodmancing (@Foodmancing) April 10, 2019
— Matty Speth (@mms77917795) April 10, 2019
He did NOT hold Pete in highest regard. Mike denied Pete's full humanity and treated him as a flawed child of God and a sinner for being his whole self.
Any Christian denying this must reconcile their love of Jesus with their cherry picking of scripture reinforcing their bigotry.
— Mal A. Propist (@NiceUncleJoe) April 10, 2019
Were you not thinking about this?
Karen Pence is only against gay marriage because she's in a bad one. pic.twitter.com/y7DddLDjcI
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) April 10, 2019
About Pence’s claim of her husband’s “great relationship” with Buttigieg, the tweet discovered by Mediaite would indicate otherwise.
People will often be polite to you in person, while advancing policies that harm you and your family. You will be polite to them in turn, but you need not stand for such harms. Instead, you push back, honestly and emphatically. So it goes, in the public square.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 9, 2019
Buttigieg, who regularly attends an Episcopal church where he married his husband Chasten last June, additionally told reporters it is time for a more “human vision of faith.”
“Just because you are LGBTQ doesn’t mean it’s okay to discriminate against you. I think most people get that, I think most Christians get that, and it’s time for us to move on toward a more inclusive and more humane vision of faith than what this vice president represents.”
Amen to that, Mayor Pete.