Mayor Pete Buttigieg has made a name for himself in recent weeks by attacking the religious beliefs of traditional-minded Christians, playing the victim card, and riding on the mainstream media's infatuation of him and his campaign.
Buttigieg supports a government-run single-payer health care system, saying the socialist model is "the right place for us to head as a country."
A Government-run "Medicare for all" system would "boost government health spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, requiring historic tax hikes," according to a university-based analysis reported on by Bloomberg.
Buttigieg also backs socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) $93 trillion "Green New Deal," which will cost $650,000 per U.S. household over a 10-year period.
Buttigieg also wants to pack the courts if Democrats gain control of the White House and the Senate, which even socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has warned against doing.
Buttigieg's most radical position is his stance on abortion. The far-left Democrat believes in full-term abortion, meaning he does not have a problem with a baby being killed up until the moment that it is born.
Just how extreme is Buttigieg's view on abortion? Only 13% of Americans say they agree with him, and that was before the recent wave of pro-life movies were released — which are likely to drive that number even lower.
Keeping in line with his far-left ideology, it should come as no surprise that Buttigieg holds fringe views on the Second Amendment. Buttigieg tries to mask his anti-Second Amendment views as being nothing more than "gun safety measures," but he calls for banning semi-automatic firearms — a fringe view that often comes with calls for confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens. Buttigieg says that "weapons of war" — which is code for semi-automatic firearms that the Left dislikes — "don’t belong in our neighborhoods in peacetime in America."
Second Amendment reporter AWR Hawkins notes that Buttigieg has already claimed that "banning such firearms is compatible with the Second Amendment," saying: "We’ve already decided that somewhere between a slingshot and a nuclear weapon, we can draw a line."
Buttigieg has gained recent national headlines by repeatedly attacking Vice President Mike Pence for being a Christian who supports religious liberty and has received pushback from some in the LGBT community over his attacks on Pence.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell noted on Fox News last week that Buttigieg was pushing a hate hoax like Jussie Smollett and that he is only concocting this feud with Pence because he is trying to attract the attention of donors for his presidential campaign.
Grenell also noted Pence has publicly stated in the past that he stands against bigotry directed at the LGBT community.
During a CNN town hall on Monday night, Buttigieg was asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper about the accusation that he was pushing a hate hoax like Jussie Smollett.
Buttigieg refused to respond.
Grenell said Tuesday on Fox News that he was "actually quite pleased to see that Mayor Pete decided to stop pushing this hate hoax."
"I think that is an important sign," Grenell said. "I think that it is very big of him to admit that the attacks that he has been doing for the last several days are not working and they're not a good strategy."