Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) was told on Wednesday that he needs to "repent" for the sin of being gay by Evangelist and staunch supporter of Donald Trump Franklin Graham.
Graham wrote in a series of tweets, "Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women. 2/3"
The religious leader was quickly called out for hypocrisy on Twitter by other users on the platform. CNN commentator Keith Boykin wrote a reply, "But grabbing women by the pussy, sleeping with a porn star while your wife is pregnant, and lying about a black man’s birth certificate is just fine in Franklin Graham’s version of Christianity."
On the same day as Graham's comment, Buttigieg received his first endorsement from a member of Congress.
Three-term Democratic Rep. Don Beyer (BY’-er) of Virginia told The Washington Post on Wednesday that he’s backing the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Beyer says he started off as “a huge skeptic.” But he says Buttigieg won him over through a series of interviews.
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Beyer says, “I think he’s the most articulate of all the candidates we have.” He says Buttigieg communicates “better than anyone I’ve seen since Barack Obama.”
Beyer was an early backer of Obama in 2007 and knocked on doors for his campaign in Iowa. He says he’ll do the same for Buttigieg.
Buttigieg is a Rhodes scholar and former Navy Reserve officer who served in Afghanistan.