A Fox News contributor on Monday unleashed a personal attack on South Bend. Indiana. Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s Christian faith and his recently deceased father.
Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy ripped into Buttigieg, who is considering a presidential run, during a Fox & Friends’ segment, defending President Trump from the 37-year-old military veteran and what she claimed was “eight years of an anti-Christian agenda” under President Barack Obama. She argued that Buttigieg and Democrats are incapable of understanding Christianity because “the poor don’t want handouts.”
Campos-Duffy took issue with Buttigieg’s criticism of the president for “pretending to be pro-life” and not living a life according to the Bible.
She explained that Christians decided at the ballot box that “we wanted a fighter, we don’t need a savior, we already have one.”
She argued Trump’s support for Israel, pro-life causes and parental choice in education supported her claim that the president is a better Christian than Buttigieg.
The contributor then took a personal shot at his late father, a longtime professor at the University of Notre Dame.
“I think he is very mild-mannered,” Campos-Duffy said. “I think if you lift up the hood on Mayor Pete, you’ll see AOC. He’s radical, his dad is a radical—well was, he recently died—a Marxist professor. I think he puts a mild face just like Obama on some pretty radical policies.”
Joseph Buttigieg died on January 27 at the age of 71.
Campos-Duffy acknowledged that Trump’s private life is “scandalous and colorful” but argued that she’d “take it any day of the week over Mayor Pete because I know he won’t deliver on any of the policies that I like.”
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade agreed with her remarks, comparing Trump’s defense of Christianity to Winston Churchill’s.
“This is a guy who is on the record in support of late-term abortion. He also, as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, blocked a pregnancy crisis center from opening up in his hometown,” Campos-Duffy continued. “I would say he needs to look in the mirror…. Again, it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what Christians really want in an environment they perceived as very anti-Christian and hostile to their values under Obama.”
Campos-Duffy was citing a comment Buttigieg made on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, in which he said he was not in favor of liberal abortion laws like the one passed earlier this year in New York, but he doesn’t believe there should be more restrictions. Right-wing blogs such as RedState immediately pounced on his comments and claimed he “likes dead babies.”
Buttigieg’s past military service and outspoken belief in Christ appeared to upset the Fox News crew Monday, with the conservative co-hosts expressing anger that some on the left, like Buttigieg, call out Trump as the “porno president” in an effort to expose his voter base’s hypocrisy.
“Mayor Pete said they’re hypocrites—evangelicals and Catholics are hypocrites in voting for President Trump because he doesn’t care about prisoners and immigrants and the poor,” Campos-Duffy said. “And I would say false on all claims. The poor? The poor don’t want handouts from the government. They want financial independence. And I think that this economy has actually delivered on that.
“Two, prisoners—who delivered on criminal justice reform? And three, immigration—very debatable for me to say that Democrats…want to do nothing to a system that is exploiting and leading to sexual abuse of children and women coming up to the border. Not very Christian in my view.”
During a Saturday Fox & Friends appearance, pastor Robert Jeffress lashed out at Buttigieg for even questioning Trump’s belief in God. Jeffress said the mayor “better go back” and study the Bible because Jesus never talked about abortion.
Fox's Rachel Campos-Duffy explains evangelical support for Trump: "After 8 years, I think, of an anti-Christian agenda on the Obama side, Christians and evangelicals and Catholics decided we wanted a fighter. We don't need a savior, we already have one." pic.twitter.com/aJ0dFnuf1Q
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 8, 2019