Buttigieg shrugs off anti-LGBT protesters in Iowa swing

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04/17/2019

Pete Buttigieg is confronting another sign that his history-making candidacy is rising to the top tier of the Democratic presidential race: protesters. A few anti-LGBT protesters, including religious activist Randall Terry, have interrupted the South Bend mayor, who is openly gay, at nearly all of his stops in Iowa this week — from a man shouting at him in a town hall in Dodge, to men dressed as a cross-bearing Jesus Christ and Satan outside of a meet-and-greet in Marshallville. At all three events, attendees ignored or shouted them down with chants of “Pete” and “USA.” Buttigieg, who formally launched his presidential run last weekend, took the attacks in stride, telling the 1,600-person crowd in Des Moines on Tuesday night that the “condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa caucuses are up to you.”

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