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Pete Buttigieg Defends Husband, Protesters Who Interrupted Brett Kavanaugh’s Dinner


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is defending his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, who mocked Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a tweet after the justice left a Washington D.C. restaurant when a bunch of girls’s rights protesters showed up.

After Politico reported that Kavanaugh fled the Morton’s The Steakhouse through a rear door, Chasten Buttigieg tweeted in response to the story: “Appears like he just wanted some privacy to make his own dining decisions.”

When asked whether his husband’s tweet was appropriate during an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Pete Buttigieg said that public officials should expect to be criticized.

“Look, when public officials go into public life, we must always expect two things — one, it’s best to all the time be free from violence, harassment, and intimidation, and two, you’re never going to be free from criticism or peaceful protests with people exercising their first amendment rights,” Buttigieg explained.

Buttigieg also said the protestors were “exercising their first amendment rights” and noted that Kavanaugh reportedly “never even got here into contact with these protesters” and “didn’t see or hear them.”

Kavanaugh was one among six conservative Supreme Court justices who struck down Roe v. Wade in June, which sent shockwaves across the U.S. and activated multiple states’ trigger laws that robotically made abortion illegal on account of the autumn of the ruling.

Buttigieg in response to Fox News asking concerning the appropriateness of his husband’s tweet abt Kavanaugh being protested at dinner: “Any public figure ought to be free from violence, intimidation & harassment, but should never be free from criticism or ppl exercising their 1a right” pic.twitter.com/KJk4XGmNla

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 10, 2022

While Kavanaugh was eating at the favored steakhouse on Wednesday, protesters showed up in front of the restaurant and called the manager of the restaurant to remove the justice, in accordance with Politico.

The protesters were an element of ShutDownDC, a liberal advocacy group in Washington D.C., in accordance with Axios. The group later reported that Kavanaugh had “snuck out the back” of the restaurant with security.

A representative for Morton’s The Steakhouse told Politico that Kavanaugh and other patrons on the restaurant were “unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton’s restaurant.”

“Politics, no matter your side or views, shouldn’t trample the liberty at play of the suitable to congregate and eat dinner,” the statement reads. “There may be a time and place for all the things. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency.”

ShutDownDC can be targeting other conservative justices, including Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts by offering D.C. service employees $50 for a confirmed appearance of any justice at a restaurant and $200 if that exact justice continues to be there after half-hour.

The group then encourages protesters to indicate up on the confirmed locations to protest their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This isn’t the primary time Pete’s husband has been vocal on Twitter about his perspective on pertinent situations. On Father’s Day, Buttigieg criticized Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for a celebratory tweet she posted due to previous comments about his husband taking paternity leave to look after his newborn who was on a ventilator in November of 2021.

“The role of the daddy is completely fundamental to the family and to society as a complete,” Boebert said. “On this Father’s Day, I need to send a shoutout of gratitude to all of the dads across America.

“Our two-month-old son was on a ventilator at the youngsters’s hospital whenever you attacked my husband for being along with his family,” Buttigieg said on Twitter. “I watched him take calls and Zooms from our hospital room all day, managing crisis after crisis while our son’s heart monitor beeped within the background.”

Boebert also made homophobic comments when she said Buttigieg was “still at home attempting to work out tips on how to chest feed,” at an event in November of 2021.

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