Asked about his response on Wednesday, Buttigieg said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that McDaniel’s language was “dangerous.”
“His language is divisive and it’s dangerous and it makes room for members of their party who seek to harm LGBTQ Americans,” Buttigieg said, citing the governor of Florida as an example. “It makes room for people like Ron DeSantis, who used the first day of Pride to sign anti-trans legislation. … I don’t think this is the party of inclusion or acceptance for LGBTQ Americans.
DeSantis signed a bill on June 1 to ban transgender female athletes from playing on female and female sports teams in public schools.
On MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” earlier Wednesday, Buttigieg pushed the GOP to pass the equality law, saying that “if the Republican Party is really the party of LGBTQ inclusiveness, which I think this is not the case, we should have no problem passing the Equality Act.
“I think some people like the president are focusing on applying rainbow stickers on tweets and saying you support the LGBTQ community, but what we all need to do right now is to work towards the passage of the equality law, “Buttigieg told MSNBC, referring to legislation that would amend the civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and identity gender.
An RNC spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Buttigieg’s criticisms.
Buttigieg dubbed CNN and spoke out against the Justice Department’s decision to defend the exemption of religious schools from anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws.
“The Department of Justice is doing its job in defending federal law, which is why we need to change federal law,” he said. “This is why the Biden administration is calling on the Republican Party to pass the equality law. We need to pass the equality law so that we don’t need to continue having these debates whether or not people can discriminate against LGBTQ Americans in the workplace or at home.