Pete Buttigieg Appears On Fox News & Hands GOP Their Rear

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On Fox News Sunday this weekend, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was asked about a Twitter post made by his husband Chasten regarding recent protests outside a restaurant where Justice Brett Kavanaugh was having dinner.

Chasten made a quip about the incident, writing it sounded like Brett “just wanted some privacy to make his own dining decisions.” Privacy is, of course, what Kavanaugh helped deny millions of Americans with his vote to overturn Roe. While on Fox, Buttigieg shut down host Mike Emanuel: “Look, when public officials go into public life, we should expect two things: one, that you should always be free from violence, harassment, and intimidation. And two, you’re never going to be free from criticism or peaceful protest, people exercising their First Amendment rights. And that’s what happened in this case. Remember, the Justice never even came into contact with these protesters, reportedly didn’t see or hear them. And these protesters are upset because a right, an important right that the majority of Americans support, was taken away… This Justice was part of the process of stripping away the right to privacy.”

Buttigieg wasn’t done. In fact, he sounded quite ready to tear into the notion that a protest group showing up outside a D.C. restaurant where a Supreme Court Justice was eating was some kind of appalling act. After referencing the imperative for protected demonstrations to remain peaceful for them to stay protected, Pete added: “Compare that, for example, to the reality that as a country, right now, we’re reckoning with the fact that a mob summoned by the former president violently attacked the United States Capitol for the purpose of overthrowing the election and very nearly succeeded in preventing the peaceful transfer of power. I think common sense can tell the difference.” Emanuel was mostly quiet until Buttigieg started talking about the Capitol riot and referencing the obvious distinction between what happened there and the protest outside the restaurant Kavanaugh visited.

Emanuel subsequently asked if Buttigieg would be comfortable with protesters showing up at a restaurant where he and his husband were eating. He indicated that as long as the protests were peaceful and in a public place he’d be fine with them. Watch Pete below:

Speaking of the riot, the House panel investigating it will hold another public hearing on Tuesday. That hearing is set to hinge on an examination of the role of extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers in the day’s violence. Relatedly, Trump goon Steve Bannon is apparently now willing to testify to the House panel, although the willingness — in conjunction with a statement from Trump that he’d waive executive privilege claims should Bannon reach an arrangement to testify — could just be meant to boost Bannon’s defense against contempt of Congress charges. Bannon connected his previous refusal to cooperate with the committee, which led to the charges, to supposed privilege claims, although whether Trump even made such claims has been questioned. However, for Trump to make a show of ostensibly lifting claims now carries the inherent notion he originally made privilege claims at all.