Not many people know who presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is yet, but the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana is making some waves after a scathing critique he gave of Vice President Mike Pence during the SXSW conference this Sunday.
Buttigieg made the comments during a discussion hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper where he gave his opinion on Pence’s time as Indiana governor. At one point, Tapper asked him who he’d prefer as president — Donald Trump or Pence.
Buttigieg then let loose a sound of exasperation and asked, “Does it have to be between them?”
He went to describe how Pence’s “interpretation of scripture” is much different than his.
“My understanding of scripture is that it’s about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person,” he said.
“That’s what I get from the gospel when I’m at church,” he added. “And his has a lot more to do with sexuality … but even if you buy into that, how could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star president?”
“Is it that he stopped believing in scripture and started believing in Donald Trump?”
As Deadline points out, if Buttigieg is elected he’ll be the youngest president in history as well as the first openly-gay one.
Watch the exchange below:
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