A top GOP strategist just launched an obviously homophobic attack on Pete Buttigieg

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We all knew it was coming, but it’s very disappointing to see that the right-wing began launching homophobic attacks against the man who could be the country’s first openly gay presidential nominee so early in the election cycle.

GOP political strategist and polling analyst Patrick Ruffini took to Twitter today and made a very unsubtle jab at Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, mocking the Democratic fixation with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin by wondering if the notorious homophobe would “fear” Buttigieg.

Adding in a half-hearted “lol” at the end does nothing to mellow the repulsive implication that all but the most credulous can see plain as day — that Buttigieg’s sexuality would make him a weak leader on the global stage.

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It’s an appallingly disrespectful way to speak of the mayor, who more than proved his toughness during his seven-month tour in Afghanistan while in the Naval Reserve.

Ruffini obviously doesn’t actually care about standing up to Russia, since the president of his party is accused of colluding with Russian agents during the 2016 election and spent his presidency metaphorically rolling over and presenting his belly to be rubbed by Putin, who is openly the subject of outright hero worship by Trump.

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There are many reasons to criticize the Mayor, like his refusal to back free college or his praise of Israel’s shooting of thousands of unarmed Palestinian protestors as “something we could learn from,” but his sexuality definitely isn’t one of them.

The rest of the internet quickly piled on and dragged Ruffini for his homophobic attack, dumping thousands of angry responses on him in the space of just a few hours:

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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