Pete Buttigieg defended his husband over a tweet mocking Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s meal disrupted this week by abortion rights activists in Washington DC.
The Minister of Transport was asked on: Fox news Sunday if Chasten Buttigieg’s Twitter post was appropriate, writing, “It sounds like he just wanted some privacy to make his own eating decisions.”
Buttigieg acknowledged that officials “should always be free from violence”, but said they would never be immune to criticism and peaceful protests.
“Remember that justice has never been in contact with these protesters, reportedly not seeing or hearing them. And these protesters are angry because a right, an important right that the majority of Americans support, has been taken away.”
Mr Buttigieg was one of six Conservative judges to vote for overthrow Roe to Wade, Judge Kavanaugh had stripped a woman’s right to choose while “deprived of the right to privacy.”
“Since I was alive, settled case law in the United States has been that the Constitution protected the right to privacy and that has now been thrown out the window by judges, including Judge Kavanaugh, who, as I recall, swore up and down in the before God and everyone, including the United States Congress, that they would leave the settled jurisprudence alone.
“So yes, people are angry. They are going to exercise their First Amendment rights.”
Fox News presenter Mike Emmanuel tried to intervene several times while Mr Buttigieg was speaking, while the Secretary of State for Transport continued to speak politely but firmly over him.
Clips of the interview attracted millions of views on social media in just a few hours, with users praising Mr. Buttigieg’s calm, clear presentation.
“I thought Rupert Murdoch owned Fox News, but I see Pete Buttigieg owns them every week,” podcast host Brett Meiselas wrote.
Sheryll Coston applauded the former presidential candidate’s “intelligent and accurate” comments.
“Although he is always polite, he won’t let the host interrupt him if he doesn’t like his point.”
Author Steve Beschloss said no one comes close to Mr. Buttigieg “in his ability to articulate issues in clear and vivid language, including on Fox News”.
On Wednesday night, Judge Kavanaugh snuck out of the back of Morton’s the Steakhouse in Washington DC to avoid abortion rights protesters who had been tipped off that he was eating there.
“Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other customers at the restaurant were unnecessarily harassed by unruly protesters while eating at our Morton’s restaurant,” the restaurant said. Politics in a statement.
The restaurant later reported a spike in fake dinner reservations.