I don’t typically comment on politics, but when a presidential candidate launches an attack on Christians, to the point where it causes much glee among the atheist activists, I thought I would try to provide some balance.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who’s running for president, condemned what he called the “hypocrisy” of evangelicals and other Christians who support President Donald Trump during a Sunday interview.
“It’s something that really frustrates me, because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” Buttigieg said during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
“Even on the version of Christianity that you hear from the religious right, which is about sexual ethics, I can’t believe that somebody who was caught writing hush-money checks to adult-film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation,” Buttigieg said, referring to the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who has said she had an affair with Trump years ago.
I guess the evangelicals were supposed to vote for Hillary Clinton, as her sense of Christian morality was [cough] obviously so much more superior.
But I’m not sure if the Christian Pete Buttigieg is in the position to self-righteously point his finger and judge others.
For you see, the same Pete Buttigieg
Huh? Can you say that again?
In fact, Buttigieg has some rather fond memories of his mentor. He wrote:
Then, I had my first experience of the feeling in a room when a very famous person walks in. The energy of the room shifted perceptibly, and I turned to see the arrival of Senator Ted Kennedy, “the Lion of the Senate.” Moving slowly but with a kind of fire in his crisp blue eyes that made him all at the same time seem fierce and warm, he was heralded by the kids yelling, “Uncle Teddy!” as they rushed from Caroline’s side into his enormous embrace.
Feeling at once elevated and humbled, I was suddenly aware of looking like an Indiana hayseed, a schoolboy shaking hands with an icon. I have no recollection of what either of us said, until the end of the conversation, when he offered me an internship the following summer in his Washington office. His voice, full of Boston ah’s, sounded just like that of President Kennedy challenging America to go to the moon and do other great things, “naht because they are easy, but because they ah hahd.” In my mind, listening to the senator speak, I heard the strains of historic presidential leadership.
It felt like I had been handed a ticket to the major leagues.
Why is any of this relevant? It speaks the immense hypocrisy of Pete Buttigieg:
Would Buttigieg like to make the case that writing hush-money checks to adult-film actresses is worse than leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die a slow, miserable death?
Divers later estimated that if he had called them immediately, they would have had time to pull out Mary Jo. She had not drowned, but had survived in an air pocket inside the car – she was asphyxiated only when the oxygen ran out several hours later.
I think it clear that Buttigieg needs to come down from his moral high horse. When you admire and intern for a drunk sexual bully that left a young woman to die, all because you wanted a “ticket to the major leagues,” you’re are not in a position to judge others for voting for Trump. The stench of your own self-serving hypocrisy undercuts any attempt to paint others as hypocrites.