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Timeline: Media, Pete Buttigieg Drag Mike Pence Into a “Feud” That Didn’t Exist

Timeline: Media, Pete Buttigieg Drag Mike Pence Into a “Feud” That Didn’t Exist

The mainstream media invented a war of words between Buttigieg and Pence that until Wednesday night had been one-sided.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is one of 18 or 19 Democrats running for president, has enjoyed mostly fawning press coverage since he entered the race back in January. But he hadn’t really done anything early on to differentiate himself from the crowded field of contenders.

So he decided to do something about it. Along the way, our so-called “impartial” mainstream media eagerly lent him a helping hand. They invented a “feud” with VP Mike Pence that did not exist.

Buttigieg, who is a married gay man and military veteran, talked extensively about Pence in an interview on Stephen Colbert’s show back in mid-February. “If he were here, you’d think he’s a nice guy to your face, but he’s also just fanatical,” he told Colbert.

He was asked about Pence by Jake Tapper during a CNN town hall in Austin, TX mid-March. Here’s what he said at the time:

“How could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump? I don’t know,” Buttigieg said.


“His interpretation of the scripture is pretty different from mine to begin with. My understanding of the scripture is that it is about protecting the stranger, and the prisoner, and the poor person, and that idea of welcome,” he said….

On March 13, BuzzFeed asked him his thoughts on Joe Biden calling Pence a “nice guy” from a speech the former veep gave earlier in the month:

“But that masks this absolutely fanatical view about how the world works or how the universe works that has led to these incredibly hurtful, dangerous, and harmful policies, and that’s what we have now in the White House. And I think it chills a lot of us, especially in the LGBTQ community, to see that somebody like that can be in that kind of position of power.”

On March 27, Buttigieg was again asked by Buzzfeed about Pence a couple of weeks later, and told the interviewer that he believed the VP was “at best complicit” in the “resurgence of white nationalism” for sticking by President Trump.

Mike Pence, to date, had not responded to any of Buttigieg’s remarks.

Buttigieg gave an interview on CNN on April 3 where Pence once again was the topic of conversation:

The South Bend, Ind., mayor was pressed on the issue during a discussion [with] Father Edward Beck, a Roman Catholic priest and on-air faith and religion commentator for CNN.

Buttigieg said in response that “the idea that God wants somebody like Mike Pence to be the cheerleader for a president largely known for his association with hush money to adult-film actresses seems to me to give God very little credit.”

On April 7, Buttigieg gave a speech on gay rights where he again challenged Pence’s faith, echoing his February comments to Colbert:

“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,” he added, to a room full of loud cheers. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pence’s of the world could understand, that if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

On April 9, Pence’s press secretary tweeted out that the last time they remembered Pence talking about Buttigieg was when he came out in 2015. They noted Pence said at the time that “I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.”

REMEMBER: Pence himself at that point still had not responded.

But you wouldn’t know it by reading some of the media coverage. Here’s just a few examples of their headlines and reporting from this week:

Mike Pence finally responded on Wednesday, April 10, about two months after the initial “war” began:

“He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. And he knows better. He knows me,” said Pence, who served as governor of Indiana when Buttigieg came out as gay during his reelection campaign for mayor.


Pence said that as governor, he “worked very closely with Mayor Pete” and that they “had a great working relationship.”

And now that Pence himself has weighed in, Buttigieg has gone silent:

When reached for comment on Pence’s remarks, a representative for Buttigieg’s campaign referred CNBC to the candidate’s previous statements.

Isn’t that just typical?

For the record, Pence is 100% right on his working relationship with Buttigieg (who Professor Jacobson calls “Mini B”). Free Beacon wrote about it in detail here.

What’s changed? Buttigieg will tell you it’s Pence’s allegiance to Trump. But what it really is about is that he’s running for president and needs to stand out. What better way than to dog Pence about his stance on LGBTQ rights? Buttigieg is smart enough to know that the mainstream media can’t get enough of badgering Republicans on their religious and social views as they pertain to gay marriage, even as the issue has already been decided by the Supreme Court.

That Pete Buttigieg has chosen to go after Pence is his right to do, but the mainstream media pretending this has been an ongoing organic “feud” between the two is laughable. Buttigieg got what he wanted out of this: A bigger national spotlight and more favorable press coverage. CNN, NBC, and other national media outlets were happy to do his bidding.

Don’t ever believe it when the mainstream media tells you “Reporters don’t root for a side.” They absolutely do, and this is a prime example.

–Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter.–


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 11, 2019 at 2:03 pm

I did not know that Chelsea Manning was running for President.

Why’d she change her name again?

Me thinks Mayor Pete doth protest too much. Perhaps he’s a secret admirer of the crease in the VP’s pant leg?

A candidate needs money above all else.

In addition, if he’s an unknown, he needs to get in the news.

Considering DJT’s dominance of the press, the best way to get coverage is by needling the President. No need to say anything substantive, he just needs to say something annoying, and the press will be all over him like a cheap suit.

But the danger that DJT will snap back and stick him with an indelible label is too severe. So second best is to attack the VP, who doesn’t have a reputation for biting.

This is a chickenshit, low-risk way to look like an aggressive up-and-coming contender. I don’t see it generating too many tingles among the electorate. But he doesn’t need that yet; right now he needs to give the tingles to the money people.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

FYI and question: Isn’t Gillibrand a Dem Party candidate also?

Bolton Can’t Stop Laughing at Gillibrand’s Nuclear Weapon Gaffe

If all he plans to do is run as gay, he’ll have to out-do the effeminate obamster. Unless he announces that he will spend more of our money than Bernie, destroy the second amendment more than swalwell, promise to vote as more anti-Semitic than congress, discover that he is more ethnic than booker, harris, et al, he won’t get even one vote from the woke base.

The knife fight inside the dem clown car will be epic.

Maybe he could end up running as the veep to one of the other “B”s. We could have Beeto and Buttplug, or Bernie and Buttplug, or Biden and Buttplug.

Beavis and Butthead would be a better choice than any of those, but they aren’t running.

You have to wonder how much he learned of Gramsci’s Marxist strategies at his dad’s knees. It sounds like Mini B is trying to fight the war of maneuver now that the progressives have infiltrated the universities, the media, much of the clergy, and the Democrat Party.

Mr. Butt is annoying.

Mr. Butt is an incompetent mayor.

Mr. Butt is either dumb enough or deranged enough (or both) to be a member of the democrat party.

No buts about it: Mr. Butt is a bad joke.

Mister Natural | April 12, 2019 at 4:31 am

he is a such a sad little sod

Mr. Butt is a Marxist, as noted by poster above. Beside the fact that he is lying about Mike Pence and pushing the false narrative about Pence wanting to “break” people of their gayness (recall George Stephanopolos asking Romney about taking birth control away from women). We expect Democrats to lie – but we also must be aware when they mask their Marxist beliefs and policies with a front of their being gay / identity politics in being the 1st openly gay candidate (sorry I remember Obama).

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 12, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Was Ellen much much more Butcher than him?

Bet she was! Snark.