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Chasten Buttigieg slams Moms for Liberty co-founders’ incompetence in just 9 words

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Chasten & Pete Buttigieg Photo: Courtesy of Chasten Buttigieg

Two co-founders of the anti-LGBTQ+ extremist group Moms for Liberty – but not that co-founder – appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes this past Sunday. They were pressed by reporter Scott Pelley to explain why they constantly call LGBTQ+ people and allies “groomers” in situations where there is no actual evidence of grooming.

Author Chasten Buttigieg called them out for how they were completely unable to defend their homophobic and transphobic attacks.

Throughout the segment, Moms for Liberty cofounders Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich dodged Pelley’s questions and stuck to their talking points, even when they made no sense in the context of the interview.

For example, when they complained bout “rogue teachers in America’s classrooms” who “indoctrinated children into ideology,” Pelley asked them, “What ideology are they being indoctrinated into?”

“Let’s just say children in America cannot read,” Descovich responded.

In a clip being shared on social media, Pelley asked the anti-LGBTQ+ activists what they mean, exactly, when they call LGBTQ+ people and allies “groomers.” “Grooming” is a term that refers to certain techniques that child sex abusers use to gain access to victims and cover up their crimes.

“I’m just asking, what do you mean by that?” Pelley said after showing them several messages their organization posted to X that accused people of “grooming” with no evidence. “What do you mean by ‘grooming’?”

“Parents want to partner with their children’s schools, but we do not co-parent with the government,” Justice responded as if she didn’t even hear the question.

“Grooming does not seem like a word that you would want to take on,” Pelley pointed out.

Justice flipped through her papers on her lap and said: “You know, we did some polling and we asked, we really wanted to know, where are the American people on the issue of parental rights and what’s happening in our schools?”

In the voiceover, Pelley accused them of “dodging questions.”

Buttigieg, who has been critical of the right’s attempts to ban books in schools, pithily pointed out how the anti-LGBTQ+ activists were unable to respond to even the gentlest questioning about their practices.

“They literally have to look at printed talking points,” he wrote on X.

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