South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg faced anti-gay chants at two campaign stops in Iowa that were organized by a far-right group.
At a campaign stop in Des Moines, a person outside called Buttigieg “baby killer” and shouted repeatedly “Remember Sodom and Gomorrah” after Buttigieg brought up his husband, Chasten.
Buttigieg’s supporters chanted “Pete” in response.
Buttigieg acknowledged the heckler, telling supporters, “The good news is the condition of my soul is in the hands of God. But the Iowa caucuses are up to you” as the crowd erupted in laughter.
A different heckler at another stop also got laughed off by the candidate and the crowd.
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) April 17, 2019
Another heckler in Des Moines was also drowned out by chants of “Pete” from the crowd.
— Natasha Korecki (@natashakorecki) April 17, 2019
At a separate campaign stop in Fort Dodge, a man started shouting that Buttigieg was betraying his baptism.
“We will not stop, he is misleading our children,” the man shouted before being escorted away.
Here’s video of that protester at Buttigieg’s Fort Dodge town hall, and his response: pic.twitter.com/gf66B67405
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) April 16, 2019
“Coffee after church gets a little rowdy sometimes,” Buttigieg joked.
“That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator. I’d do it differently. We ought to be able to do it differently.”
The protests were organized by Randall Terry of the extreme anti-choice group Operation Rescue.
In 2016, Terry drove a bus that said “It’s a sin to vote for Hillary.” Now he’s in Iowa and this week he has been following Buttigieg’s campaign stops.
“There are literally children who are going to be seduced into the homosexual lifestyle because this man is heralded as a hero,” Terry told the Hawk Eye. “He’s a champion, and that makes him more sinister than the average person… he’s an evil-doer.”
“He’s the beautiful face of evil.”