It’s that time of the primary season when things start turning ugly. On Friday, a gaggle of protestors descended upon a fundraiser in San Francisco for Pete Buttigieg.
The dinner was being held at the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts. Tickets started at $250.
Just as Buttigieg was about to answer a question about his husband, Chasten, members of a group called “Queers Against Pete” jumped to their feet and began shouting at him.
From the stage, Buttigieg replied, “I respect your activism, but this is a gathering for supporters of our campaign and I just got a question about my husband and I’m really excited to answer it.”
The protestors were removed from the venue, but video of the confrontation quickly began circulating on social media.
Here’s video of the queer activists disrupting the Pete Buttigieg fundraiser pic.twitter.com/yh9CmTBhMh
— Vivian Ho (@VivianHo) February 14, 2020
According to its website, Queers Against Pete opposes Buttigieg because of his stance on Medicare for All and free college tuition, as well as his record on race.
Members also feel he represents a white, upper-middle class sensibility that is not representative of the entire LGBTQ community.
Of course, expecting any one single person to represent an entire community seems unreasonable. But we digress.
“We believe the LGBTQIA community deserves better than Pete,” the group declares on its website.
“He just furthers white supremacy,” Val, a member of Queers Against Pete member, recently told The Red Lettuce, a queer vegan communist online program. “It’s like, you know, spewing out of him, kind of. It’s gross.”
Hmmm. We can think of things that are much grosser…