Antigay hecklers repeatedly interrupt Pete Buttgieg’s speech in Dallas, Texas

Pete Buttigieg, Beto O'Rourke, antigay hecklers, protests, Dallas
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Five hecklers repeatedly interrupted Pete Buttigieg’s 10-minute fundraising speech at the Dallas County Democratic Party’s Johnson Jordan Dinner on Friday night. The interruptions compelled fellow presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to send a supportive message to the out gay politician afterwards.

During Buttigieg’s speech, hecklers shouted “Marriage is between a man and a woman,” “Repent” and “What about the babies?” The anti-abortion protestor was then crowded out of the room by several men who blocked her cell phone camera and line of sight as she repeatedly said, “Do not touch me.”

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In addition to the hecklers, there were several protestors outside of Dallas Anatole Hotel dressed as Jesus holding a large wooden cross and holding signs with images of aborted fetuses. The protestors were reportedly organized by Randall Terry, leader of the extreme anti-choice group Operation Rescue.

Terry has said of Butigieg, “There are literally children who are going to be seduced into the homosexual lifestyle because this man is heralded as a hero. 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.”

Here are images and video from the Dallas protest against Buttigieg:

After being interrupted for the fourth time during his speech, Buttigieg responded, “The moment I packed my bags for Afghanistan, I did so to defend that man’s freedom of speech.” In response, the audience cheered and applauded.

Pete Buttigieg, Beto O'Rourke, antigay hecklers, protests, Dallas
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In response to the hecklers, Texas-based presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke tweeted a supportive message opposing homophobia and welcoming Buttigieg back to Texas. O’Rourke was also speaking in Texas that same night, at an outdoor event in downtown Fort Worth, 30-minutes away from Buttigieg’s Dallas event, according to ABC News.

O’Rourke tweeted, “Texans don’t stand for this kind of homophobia and hatred. Mayor Pete, we are grateful you came to Texas and hope to see you and Chasten back again soon.”

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