Representing a Satan dressed in red, a Jesus with the cross on his back and a fake Pete Buttigieg, three protesters interrupted at a campaign event by the mayor of South Bend (Indiana) and candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 elections, reported today the local press.
Satan harangued the false Buttigieg while scourging the crucified Jesus, a scene that went viral in the networks and that picked up the publication The Hill.
The protest took place one day after protesters shouted at another event slogans to Buttigieg about the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, but were silenced by the more than 1,000 people who were in the place and chanted in response “Pete”, as many call the mayor.
Buttigieg, who formalized last Sunday his race for the Democratic nomination to the White House, participated this Wednesday in a meeting with inhabitants of the city of Marshalltown (Iowa).
The mayor, the first openly gay White House candidate, formalized his candidacy on Sunday before more than 6,000 enthusiastic supporters, with a speech in which he claimed the need for a generational change to wrest power from the current president, the Republican Donald Trump.
Buttigieg, 37, has generated a surprising tug among voters, due in part to his atypical profile: he is young, gay, progressive, the son of immigrants, veteran in the war in Afghanistan, trained at Harvard and Oxford, and also plays the piano and speaks seven languages, including Spanish.
The charismatic mayor will have to compete with 17 other candidates in the Democratic primary.
The mayor has faced Vice President Mike Pence, also from Indiana and known for his opposition to many policies in favor of homosexuals and transsexuals, something that justifies his Christianity.
Buttigieg has alerted Pence that when he gets involved with his sexuality, he is also getting involved with his “creator”, in reference to God, something that the vice president defined this week as an “attack” on his “Christian faith”.