MAYOR: Pence is ‘Cheerleader for the Porn Star Presidency’

‘Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump?’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said Vice President Mike Pence has become a “cheerleader for the porn star presidency,” questioning his faith and lambasting his policies during a CNN townhall on Sunday.

The South Bend mayor claimed to have worked closely with Pence when the vice president served as Indiana’s governor.

But Buttigieg said Pence changed when he joined the Trump administration.

“How would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump?” Buttigieg said. “I don’t know. I don’t know.”

Buttigieg presumably was making reference to Trump’s affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, alleged to have occurred in 2006, well before the 2016 presidential election.

The Indiana mayor said he “used to at least believe” that Pence “believes in our institutions and was not personally corrupt, but then how could he get on board with this president?”

Attacking Pence on his values may seem an unlikely strategy for Buttigieg, who hopes to become the first openly gay chief executive. But it follows a growing trend of liberals attempting to frame arguments against Christian conservatives by way of morality shaming.

Pence has been candid about his religious objections to homosexuality—which others, such as Lady Gaga, have criticized in the past, calling him “the worst representation of what it means to be Christian” for not embracing LGBT viewpoints.

Buttigieg said his own “interpretation” of Christian scripture and religious practices differed considerably from the values that he was criticizing Pence for failing to observe.

“My understanding of scripture is that it’s about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person and that idea,” Buttigieg said. “That’s what I get in the gospel when I’m at church, and his has a lot more to do with sexuality … and a certain view of rectitude.”

Buttigieg has become specifically critical of Pence since he announced his bid for the presidency last month. In February, he said Pence had “embarrassed” the state of Indiana while he was governor.