A group of anti-LGBT protesters followed Pete Buttigieg to another town in Iowa for a bizarre demonstration.
One man demonstrated his hatred for homosexuality by dressing up as Buttigieg and whipping another man dressed as Jesus on the cross, while a third man dressed as Satan harangued confused onlookers in front of a garage in Marshalltown.
“Beat the savior, beat him — I hate this guy,”said the man dressed as Satan. “Yes, more blood, Peter. Every vote is a lash on the back of Christ.”
— Marcus DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) April 17, 2019
Hecklers interrupted the South Bend mayor’s campaign stop Tuesday in Des Moines by shouting, “Sodom and Gomorrah,” but Buttigieg calmly brushed aside their anti-LGBT slurs.
“The good news is,” he said, “the condition of my soul is in the hands of God but the Iowa Caucuses are up to you.”
The 37-year-old Buttigieg’s campaign has been drawing more attention lately following a series of TV appearances that won him praise and new fans, and the openly gay military veteran’s sudden popularity appears to have rattled some conservative Christians.
“We had bathhouses, you have no idea the stuff we used to do,” the man dressed as Satan told onlookers, sipping from a mug of coffee. “Blood, I would drink blood in the mornings. There’s nothing like a warm cup of blood in the morning.”
Satan’s stand-in then warned that Buttigieg was “polling number one in hell.”
Guys dressed up as Devil and Jesus outside Pete’s morning event at someone’s home. Devil saying “there’s nothing like a warm cup of blood in the morning.” Devil says Buttigieg is “polling number one in hell” pic.twitter.com/mytyEQ3cmZ
— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) April 17, 2019
Judge blocking release of Jeffrey Epstein records has ties to officials linked to Epstein: report
On Saturday, the Miami Herald reported that a judge who blocked the release of grand jury material in the Jeffrey Epstein child sex abuse case has ties to three officials with a vested interest in the outcome of the lawsuits surrounding the scandal.
"Krista Marx, the Palm Beach chief judge who also heads a panel that polices judicial conduct, has potential conflicts of interest involving three prominent players embroiled in the Epstein sex-trafficking saga: State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who has been sued by the Palm Beach Post to release the grand jury records; Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, whose department’s favored treatment of Epstein while he was in the Palm Beach County jail is part of an ongoing state criminal investigation; and ex-State Attorney Barry Krischer, part of the same investigation in connection with his decision not to prosecute Epstein on child-sex charges," wrote Julie Brown, a reporter who has extensively covered the Epstein case.
WATCH: Buffalo cops and firefighters cheer officers charged with assault as they leave the courthouse
According to a report from both CNN and MSNBC, the two Buffalo police officers who were charged with second-degree assault after shoving a 75-year-old anti-police brutality protester to the ground where he sustained head injuries were greeted with applause after they were arraigned on Saturday morning.
MSNBC's Alex Witt noted that both officers were released without having to post bail.
According to ABC News, "Officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault during their video arraignments on Saturday and were released on their own recognizance. They both entered no guilty pleas and are expected back in court on July 20."
Lindsey Graham leveled by Jim Clyburn for ‘out of touch’ comments on police brutalizing African-Americans
In response to protests over the police killing of George Floyd, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had this to say: "I've come to believe that young black men rightly or wrongly perceive the police to be a threat when many times they're not, and we've got to deal with that problem."
On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," Graham's fellow South Carolina lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, laid into Graham for his comments. "He is from Seneca, South Carolina," said Clyburn. "I know the history of Seneca, South Carolina. Where has he been?"
"You know, I've been really interested, we had some foolishness the other day," said Clyburn. "Drew Brees has gotten himself in some difficulty with his teammates, how his grandfather and father thought about anybody kneeling would be disrespecting the flag as if these, his teammates, did not have parents and grandparents who fought for this country and came back to this country with all kinds of indignities. One of which has just been written about in a great book from South Carolina. Isaac Woodard was in his uniform, coming home from the war, when he was stopped by a sheriff, a law enforcement officer who beat him, punched his eyes out with a night stick. That's the thing that led Harry Truman to sign the executive order to integrate the armed services, because of the in indignities charged to a black man by a law enforcement officer, and that black man was in his uniform coming home from a war we had just won."