“I disagreed with him ferociously,” Buttigieg said of the four-year period when their time in Indiana government overlapped, “but I thought, well at least he believes in our institutions and he’s not personally corrupt, but then how could he get on board with this presidency?”
The mayor attacked the vice president’s punitive, virulently bigoted interpretation of Christian teachings, which Pence has claimed have guided him in his governing and which has reportedly led to policies like his support for anti-gay “conversion therapy” and funding decisions which led to an HIV outbreak in Indiana in 2014.
“My understanding of scripture is that it is about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person, and that idea of welcome,” Buttigieg said. “And his has a lot more to do with sexuality and a certain view of rectitude.”
“But even if you buy into that, how could he allow himself to be the cheerleader of the porn star presidency?” he added, referring to Trump’s alleged payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her from publicizing his extramarital affair with her.
However, the mayor also indicated support for regime change in Venezuela and tempered his stated support for moving “in the direction of a Medicare for All system” by saying he would establish a public option before shifting to universal healthcare.
But listening to Buttigieg, journalist John Nichols posited, “makes people feel hope for the future of an American experiment that’s been battered by Trump.”
Before CNN‘s town hall, Buttigieg captured progressives’ attention in recent weeks with an indication that he would support packing the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the passage of bold, forward-thinking proposals.
Buttigieg needs to raise at least $65,000 from 200 donors in 20 different states, or obtain one percent of the vote in at least three approved national polls in order to be included in the Democratic debates.
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