Buttigieg Say’s Pro-Lifers “Don’t Belong” in Democrat Party
Over the years, the Democratic Party has adopted the belief that abortion and pro-choice is a right that every woman is entitled to. And as such, much of the language they use to talk about party issues seems to outcast those who identify as a Democrat but don’t believe abortion should be legal. One pro-life Democrat brought this up a recent town hall in Iowa where former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was speaking.
Kristen Day, a 50-year-old woman from Virginia who is affiliated with Democrats or Life, asked Mayor Pete if he would consider changing the party’s language to be more inclusive for everyone. After all, she pointed out, the party is supposed to be one of “diversity and inclusion.”
After being handed the microphone, she said, “I am a proud pro-life Democrat. So do you want the support of pro-life Democrats? There are about 21 million of us. And, if so, would you support more moderate platform language in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?”
Perhaps Day thought that because Buttigieg is a self-proclaimed Christian and the first openly gay presidential candidate ever that he would be more willing to include those within the party who didn’t exactly have the same viewpoints as him. Or perhaps it is because he is decidedly more moderate on most issues than a few of his more left-leaning opponents. Whatever the case, she thought wrong.
He said no. Of course, not exactly in those words.
He stated that he acknowledged her viewpoint and respected it. He even hoped to win her vote. However, he could not “trick” her and say something he didn’t honestly agree with.
He said, “Well, I respect where you’re coming from, and I hope to earn your vote. But I’m not going to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice, and I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision.”
And he continued, “I know that the difference of opinion that you and I have is one that we come by honestly. And the best that I can offer – and it may win your vote and, if not, I understand – the best I can offer is that if we can’t agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line. And in my view, it’s the woman who’s faced with that decision in her own life.”
But that doesn’t really answer any question now, does it?
Well, Buttigieg did say he hoped to win her vote. And being a politician racing for the White House, there can be no doubt that he doesn’t want Day’s vote or the 21 million other pro-life Democrats like her. However, he didn’t really say one way or the other about changing any language to include her.
And she made sure to point it out.
She jumped in, nearly interrupting CBS’ Chris Wallace, saying, “He didn’t answer the second part of my question. The Democratic platform contains language that says we don’t belong. We have no part in the party because it says abortion should be legal up to months, and the government should pay for it. And it doesn’t say people with diversity of views should be included in the party.”
Day argued that as a “big tent” party who says they include everyone and allows all kinds of viewpoints, they should make it a more significant point to use language that actually does so. Again, she asked, “Would you be open on language like that in the Democratic platform saying we are diverse and inclusive and we want everybody?”
But Buttigieg sidestepped the question again, saying, “I support the position of my party that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone.”
He said nothing about language, just that everyone deserves the same right to care.
Seeing this disconnect, Wallace spoke up for Day.
“What do you say to Democrats who are pro-life?… That they should overlook this issue and look at the whole sum of views or go find another party?”
Finally, Buttigieg answered saying, that the issue was simply too important to compromise on, and he wouldn’t change to include her. Basically, he agreed with his party’s view that pro-life people have no business being a Democrat.
Well, it looks like he just lost another 21 million potential voters.