appeared at a speaking event
on Saturday and discussed his coming out process while also slamming Vice President Mike Pence saying, "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."
, while on tour promoting their book, Marlon Bundo's a Day in the Life of the Vice President, Karen Pence and her author daughter Charlotte appeared on the Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox Radio where she responded to Buttigieg's comments, which she (incorrectly) categorized as an attack on her family's faith.
"I think in our country we need to understand you shouldn't be attacked for what your religious beliefs are and I think kids need to learn that at a young age that this is okay what faith people have, we don't attack them for their faith," Pence said, hawking her book while also responding to Buttigieg. As a reminder, Karen Pence exercises her religious freedom by teaching at a school that explicitly bans
LGBTQ+ students and faculty
Pence also said that, previous to Buttigieg running for president, he and the former Indiana governor "really have always had a great relationship." She accused him of using her husband to garner headlines.
"I think it's helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the Vice President," Karen Pence said.
, after Buttigieg came out publicly as gay in 2015, the vice president praised the South Bend, Indiana, mayor.
"I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest regard and we have a great working relationship and I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot," he said.
Charlotte Pence also argued that Buttigieg's comments ... .:checks notes:. ... went against the United States' emphasis on religious freedom?
"Religious liberty also means that you can believe in god or you cannot believe in God -- you can believe whatever you want and you shouldn't be afraid being persecuted for that," she said.
Buttigieg has been highly critical of Mike Pence in several of his speeches. In March, while talking about Pence and his faith,
how Pence could become a "cheerleader" for Donald Trump's "porn star presidency."