Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced down anti-gay hecklers at two different campaign stops in Iowa on Tuesday.
The protesters came in from out of state in both cases, and at one event yelled at various points about abortion and the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, often invoked as symbols of immorality. They were led by anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, according to CNN.
Buttigieg looked at one of the men and said, “Hello again,” as he began to yell from the crowd. His supporters took it from there, drowning him out with chants of, “Pete! Pete! Pete!”
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“You know, the good news is, the condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa causes are up to you,” Buttigieg quipped.
Earlier in the day, in Fort Dodge, a man (pictured above, in feature image) was removed from a roughly 100-person event after he stood up and yelled that the South Bend, Indiana mayor was “misleading our children.”
“We are so dug in in such passionate ways,” Buttigieg responded.
“That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator. I view it differently. We ought to be able to view it differently.”
He told CNN he’d “prefer to have those kinds of debates in a respectful format, versus through interruption, but a president is going to have to deal with tougher things than being interrupted in a speech.”
Pete Buttigieg on protesters: "It's a part of politics. I think it goes best if we can communicate our disagreements respectfully without interruption or that kind of disruption, but I understand it comes from a very passionate place and I respect that."
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His husband, Chasten Buttigieg, with whom the candidate recently said he hopes to have a child soon, was asked his feelings on the hecklers as well.
“We are beyond divisiveness,” he said. “That is what we are out here to talk about.”
Terry said he had also disrupted an event for Cory Booker earlier that same day, and that he planned to attend as many Buttigieg events as possible in the future.