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Watch: Mayor Pete Buttigieg Appears on 'Ellen,' Takes Aim at Pence Again

Friday Apr 12, 2019
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, and Ellen DeGeneres, on the "Ellen" show.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, and Ellen DeGeneres, on the "Ellen" show.  (Source:YouTube Still via EllenTube)

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 2020 presidential hopeful, appeared on the "Ellen" show this week and opened up about his criticisms towards Vice President Mike Pence. Over the last week, the openly gay politician has been vocal about the former Indiana governor over his anti-LGBTQ views and his Christian faith, sparking response from Pence and his wife.

"I'm not critical of his faith. I'm critical of bad policies. I don't have a problem with religion. I'm religious, too," he told Ellen DeGeneres. "I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people and especially in the LGBTQ community.

"So many people - even today - feel like they don't belong," Buttigieg added. "You can get fired in so many parts of this country just for who you are. And that's got to change.

"I'm not interested in feuding with the vice president," he went on to say. "But if he wanted to clear this up he could come out today and say he's changed his mind, that it shouldn't be legal to discriminate against anybody in this country for who they are. That's all."

Over the weekend, Buttigieg made headlines after being critical of Pence during a fundraiser. His remarks sparked a response from Pence's wife following the vice president responding more recently.

Before being Trump's vice president, Pence served as Indiana's governor while Buttigieg was mayor of South Bend and the two have worked together.

Watch the mayor speak with DeGeneres in the video below.

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