“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you,” wrote King Solomon in Proverbs 25:21-22 (NKJV).
That’s what Vice President Mike Pence appeared to do for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has been attacking him publicly.
The South Bend, Indiana mayor, who is openly living a homosexual lifestyle, has taken issue with Pence for not celebrating LGBT lifestyles. He’s described the vice president as “fanatical,” according to Business Insider, even though Pence’s views on traditional marriage have been historically widespread in America.
"My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man. And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God," Buttigieg said, according to CNN. "That's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."
CNN has treated the barbs Buttigieg has thrown at Pence as part of a feud they’re allegedly locked in, even though Pence has not responded to him...until now.
During an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Friday, Pence finally addressed Buttigieg and emphasized his long friendship with him rather than attacking him personally.
“I’ve known Mayor Pete for very years,” the vice president said when asked to comment on Buttigieg’s attacks. “We’ve worked very closely together when I was governor, and I considered him a friend.”
“He knows I don’t have a problem him.”
“I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody,” he continued. “I treat everybody the way I want to be treated. The truth of the matter is, all of us have our own religious convictions. He has his convictions, I have mine.”
“I think Pete’s quarrel is with the First Amendment,” Pence concluded. “All of us in this country have the right to our religious beliefs. I’m a Bible-believing Christian.”
Very diplomatic, Mr. Vice President.
Watch that interview below, starting at the 2:20 mark: