‘I think it’s helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the vice president…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, responded to presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg’s attacks on her husband, arguing that the South Bend mayor misunderstands her family’s Christian faith.
“I think in our country we need to understand you shouldn’t be attacked for what your religious beliefs are, and I think kids need to learn that at a young age—-and that this is OK what faith people have, we don’t attack them for their faith,” Karen said Tuesday on Fox Radio’s “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”
Karen went on to say that Buttigieg—who is gay—and her husband “really have always had a great relationship” after working closely together when Pence was governor of Indiana.
Karen Pence said that Buttigieg’s latest attacks are likely an attempt to stay in the national spotlight.
“I think it’s helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the vice president,” she said.
Buttigieg threw another pointed jab at the Pence family’s faith earlier this week, claiming that his own marriage to husband Chasten has “moved him closer to God.”
“Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said during a speech at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch in Washington, D.C.
“And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand—that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
But Karen Pence said that there was no quarrel in her mind between her family and Buttigieg.
“I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest regard,” she said, “and we have a great working relationship, and I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.”
Charlotte Pence, the vice president’s 25-year-old daughter, said the Pences respected the fact that Buttigieg’s beliefs and practices were just as valid as their own in the eyes of the First Amendment.
“Religious liberty also means that you can believe in God or you can not believe in God—you can believe whatever you want, and you shouldn’t be afraid of being persecuted for that,” she said.