Anti-gay protestors are setting their sights on Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg — but he's not taking the bait

The Right Wing

With Pete Buttigieg rising in popularity in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, anti-gay protestors have been trolling the South Bend, Indiana mayor in Iowa this week. Hecklers shouted anti-gay remarks during a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday; and on Wednesday, right-wing Christian fundamentalist protestors in Marshalltown, Iowa staged a bizarre demonstration that depicted Buttigieg whipping Jesus as Satan cheered him on.

At the Des Moines event, an anti-gay fundamentalist shouted, “Remember Sodom and Gomorrah.” And Buttigieg, who is openly gay and a practicing Episcopalian, responded, “The good news is the condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa caucuses are up to you.”

In Marshalltown, three right-wing Christian fundamentalists staged an anti-Buttigieg demonstration: one depicted Jesus, one depicted Satan, and one depicted Buttigieg—and the fundamentalist dressed as Buttigieg pretended to whip Jesus, while the fundamentalist portraying Satan said, “Beat the savior, beat him. I hate this guy.”

When NBC News asked Buttigieg about the anti-gay protestors in Iowa, he responded, "well, the better we do, the more that's going to happen. So I take it to be a barometer of success..... When you're in politics, especially at this level, you're going to see the good, the bad, the ugly and the peculiar."

The anti-Buttigieg protestors in Iowa have included fundamentalist Gary Boisclair and anti-abortion fanatic Randal Terry, who told NBC News that they had also heckled Sen. Cory Booker—another 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate—and planned to heckle Buttigieg some more.

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