Openly gay 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttgieg received an arguably much-deserved dose of karma on Friday while visiting his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, where he presides as mayor, and where the previous weekend a black man was fatally shot by a white police officer.
For months now the Indiana mayor has relentlessly smeared Vice President Mike Pence over his religious views. Because Pence subscribes to the biblical belief that homosexuality is a sin, the 2020 contender has falsely portrayed him as a religious fanatic who hates gays.
And now thanks to karma, he gets to know what being smeared feels like.
Take a look for yourself:
The clip above from CNN shows the mayor being maligned as a “racist” by local “Black Lives Matter” activists. This week Buttgieg took a break from campaigning to visit his hometown and help calm tensions in the wake of the fatal shooting last week of black suspect Eric Logan.
“Can you say it to us today in front of all these cameras that black lives matter?” the activists yelled.
“Did you just ask me if black lives matter?” the mayor replied with indignation.
“Yes, we want to hear you say it!” the crowd exclaimed.
“Of course black lives matter,” Buttgieg said.
And that’s when it really got rough:
Activist one: “Then fire your cops!”
Activist two: “Are you a racist!?”
Activist three: “What matters about a black life to you, Mayor Pete!?”
The implication was clear — they think the mayor’s a racist. He’s not. Nor does the fatal shooting of Logan appear to be unjustified.
“According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, a South Bend police officer shot 53-year-old Eric Logan early Sunday morning while responding to a call about a suspect stealing from cars. The prosecutor’s office says Logan approached the officer with a raised knife,” local NPR affiliate WVPE reported Sunday.
The officer who pulled the trigger reportedly told Logan repeatedly to drop the knife. He refused.
“The officer claimed Logan was making a grunting or groaning sound as he was coming toward him. [He] told investigators he felt he had no choice but to fire.”
But none of this matters to the activists because they’re already bought into a false narrative.
Now watch what happened when Buttgieg tried to explain that Logan’s shooting didn’t appear to involve any racism:
They didn’t listen, of course, just like he and his followers refuse to listen every single time that Pence tries to explain that he doesn’t hate gay people.
“I’ve known Mayor Pete for many years, we’ve worked very closely together when I was governor, and I considered him a friend. And he knows I don’t have a problem with him. I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody the way that I want to be treated,” Pence said to CNN’s Dana Bash back in April in response to Buttigieg’s continued assaults on his faith.
Instead of respecting the vice president’s beliefs, Bash then chose to push Buttigieg’s own anti-Christian talking points by asking, “Do you agree with him that it is God who made him gay?”
The Christian Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is an unnatural sin, so the answer to this question is clear. Why did Bash ask it then? Presumably to score political points against the VP.
“The truth of the matter is that all of us have our own religious convictions. Pete has his convictions, I have mine. And one of the beautiful things about America is that we have the freedom of religion. … Well, I think Pete’s quarrel is with the First Amendment.”
Do you think Buttgieg cares, though? He doesn’t.
In March he said about the VP 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.”
Speaking on “The Daily Show,” he added that Pence’s standard Christian beliefs are “fanatical.”
“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” he said while speaking at some fancy dinner in April. “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.”
Smear, smear, smear.
Pence has just been trying to practice his faith in peace. And for that he’s been endlessly disparaged by Buttgieg as some sort of bigot and fanatic.
Regarding what happened in South Bend, Buttgieg’s clearly just trying to uphold law and allow his police officers to complete their investigation and determine for sure whether Logan’s shooting was justified. And for that he’s being smeared as a racist.
Quick question for the mayor: How do you like them apples?
See more scenes from the confrontation below:
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