Fox News host Laura Ingraham is having none of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Peter Buttigieg’s apparently self-righteous attitude toward Christians and called him out for it on social media.
“Mayor Pete comes off as more sanctimonious and self-righteous here than most Evangelical Christians I’ve met,” Ingraham tweeted.
The media has been gaga over Buttigieg as a potential 2020 contender despite the fact he made the political faux-pas of insulting voters, accusing Evangelical Christians of hypocrisy for supporting President Trump.
“It’s something that really frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” Buttigieg said on “Meet The Press.” “Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in scripture in church.”
Shortly thereafter, Buttigieg gave a speech at the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch in Washington where he called out “the Mike Pences of the world” for believing homosexual actions were sinful.
“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said. “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.”
What is most odd about Buttigieg getting so aggressive toward Christians for having a biblical worldview on sexuality is that he recently took a more moderate stance on identity politics when speaking about his love for the fast food empire Chick-fil-a.
“I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken,” Buttigieg said on an interview with the Breakfast Club. “So maybe if nothing else, I can build that bridge. Maybe I’ll become in a position to broker that peace deal.”
In the same interview, Buttigieg said that identities should not be a wall that pushes people away and should be used as a means of empathy.
“We’ve got to find a way to use our identities to reach other people,” he said. “To me, there are two things that can happen when you are conscious of your identity. One is it turns into all these ways we separate ourselves from each other, and it just turns into one big ‘You don’t know me.’ But the other way we can do it is to say, ‘Okay, I’ve got this experience, you’ve got that experience, what can we talk about that brings us together?'”
Buttigieg added that nobody knows what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes and how we would do better to learn that. “I have no clue what it’s like to walk in the shoes of so many other people,” he said. “But I can talk about some of the pieces of what I carry with me, and see if it rhymes with their life experience. And I think good art has that, good music has that, good literature has that.”
So why the sudden pivot? According to The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles, Buttigieg has no choice but to play the victim card if he wants to stand out among the 2020 contenders.
“To stand a chance in 2020, the elite young mayor must somehow portray himself as an aggrieved victim,” Knowles said. “That leaves Buttigieg only one option at the moment: to make his sexuality the central issue of his campaign, and to make his case in bad faith.”