CNN anchor Jake Tapper did not push back on the assertion by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who called Vice President Mike Pence a “cheerleader for the porn star presidency,” during a CNN town hall.
Tapper gave Buttigieg a question about whether Pence would be a better president than President Trump and allowed Buttigieg to attack Pence’s faith as well.
“I don’t know, it’s really strange,” Buttigieg said. “Because I used to at least believe that he believed in — I’ve disagreed with him ferociously on these things–but I thought ‘Well, at least he believes in our institutions and he’s not personally corrupt.’ But then how could he get on board with this presidency?
“‘How could somebody who–you know, his interpretation of scripture is pretty different from mine to begin with. OK, my understanding of scripture is that it’s about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person, and that idea of welcome. That’s what I get in the Gospel when I’m at church. And his has a lot more to do with sexuality and a certain view of rectitude. But even if you buy into that, how would he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency? Is it that he, is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started to believe in Donald Trump? I don’t know. I don’t know.”
After allowing Buttigieg to make these extraordinarily offensive attacks without response, Tapper immediately cut to commercial break. Immediately after the commercial break, Tapper completely changed the topic to foreign policy and Buttigieg’s status as a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. There was no accountability for the Buttigieg claims and toxic psychoanalysis of Pence and his faith.
Photo by NASA HQ PHOTO