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Vice President Pence: ‘Disappointing’ to Hear Pete Buttigieg Attack Me Because of Religious Beliefs

Vice President Mike Pence appeared on Fox News @ Night Monday evening and did Democratic presidential hopeful (and fellow Indianian Hoosier) Pete Buttigieg a favor by discussing an ongoing debate over alleged religious — and identity — persecution.

Host Shannon Bream asked her guest if he had been surprised by the “personal attacks” Pence and your wife have faced, before focusing on Buttigieg’s criticism. The current South Bend Mayor called out Pence’s opposition to same-sex marriage. 

In April, Buttigieg proclaimed his marriage to his husband Chasten “moved me closer to God,” and that Pence’s opposition to gay marriage is in opposition to him as a human being. “That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand,” Buttigieg said. “That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Pence responded, saying that he understood that he and Buttigieg enjoyed a “good relationship when (he) was governor and he was mayor in the state” before wishing him well.

He then turned to a more critical note, saying “What was troubling to me was his assertion and others assertion that was critical of people of our religious beliefs, broadly. And, I remember a reference to theMike Pences’ of the world, and I think every American cherishes the right of each of us to live out our faith and live out our beliefs. It was disappointing to hear that.”

One might argue that Buttigieg is not taking issue with Pence’s faith as much as he is taking issue with Pence’s opposition to his own life, liberty and pursuit of happiness solely due to his desire to marry someone who he loves that happens to share the same gender identity.

One might also want to remind Pence that, in politics, it’s never a good idea to punch down.

Watch above via Fox News.

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