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Pete Buttigieg slams Mike Pence: He’ll defend Trump for sending “hush money to a porn star”

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Out former Mayor Pete Buttigieg called Mike Pence a “professed Christian” who will defend “a president who got caught sending hush money to a porn star” on Fox News last night.

Buttigieg was on the channel to discuss the presidential debate last night, and he was asked about how he has been playing the role of Pence in mock debates with Sen. Kamala Harris to help her prepare for the vice presidential debate next week. Buttigieg and Pence, who are both Christians from Indiana, have a long history of sparring over LGBTQ rights and Christianity.

Related: Karen Pence slams Pete Buttigieg for bringing up her husband’s anti-LGBTQ history

“I was mayor of South Bend when Mike Pence was governor. Look, I don’t envy the job he’s going to have to do next week,” Buttigieg said.

“You’ve got a professed Christian who is going to be in the position of defending the character of a president who got caught sending hush money to a porn star,” Buttigieg said, referring to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Donald Trump allegedly paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about their sexual relationship.

Buttigieg then attacked Pence’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which he is in charge of.

“You’ve got the person who has been placed in charge of the Coronavirus Task Force, leading the national response for our country, this country, having the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg made similar comments about Pence during his presidential campaign. Buttigieg said in March 2019 that his Christianity is about “protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person,” Pence’s is about “sexuality and a certain view of rectitude.”

“But even if you buy into that, how could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency?” Buttigieg asked. “Is it that he stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump?”

A month later, Buttigieg called out Pence’s anti-LGBTQ actions.

“My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man,” he said. “And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God.”

“That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand, that if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator,” he said. “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.”

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