When asked on Wednesday about his response, Buttigieg said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that McDaniel’s language was “dangerous.”
“Her language is divisive and it’s dangerous and it’s making space for people in their party who seek to harm LGBTQ Americans,” Buttigieg said, invoking Florida’s governor as an example. “It’s making space for people like Ron DeSantis, who used the first day of Pride to sign anti-trans legislation. … I do not believe that is the party of inclusion or acceptance for LGBTQ Americans.”
DeSantis on June 1 signed a bill that would forbid transgender female athletes to play on girls‘ and women‘s sports teams at public schools.
On MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” earlier Wednesday, Buttigieg pushed the GOP to pass the Equality Act, saying that “if the Republican Party is truly the party of LGBTQ inclusivity, which I believe it is not, we should have no problem passing the Equality Act.”
“I think some people like the chairwoman are focused on slapping rainbow stickers on tweets and saying you support the LGBTQ community, but really what we all need to be doing right now is working to pass the Equality Act,” Buttigieg said on MSNBC, referring to legislation that would amend the Civil Rights Act to forbid discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
An RNC spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Buttigieg’s criticism.
Buttigieg doubled down on CNN and spoke out against the Justice Department’s decision that it can defend religious schools’ exemption from anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws.
“The Justice Department is doing its job defending federal law, which is why we need to change the federal law,” he said. “That’s why the Biden administration is asking the Republican Party to pass the Equality Act. We need to pass the Equality Act so that we don’t need to keep having these debates whether or not people get to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans in the workplace or at home.”