When asked for his answer on Wednesday, Buttigieg said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that McDaniel’s language was “dangerous”.
“Your language is divisive and dangerous and makes room for people in your party who try to hurt LGBTQ Americans,” said Buttigieg, citing the Florida governor as an example. “It makes room for people like Ron DeSantis, who used the first day of Pride to sign anti-trans laws. … I don’t think this is the party of inclusion or acceptance for LGBTQ Americans. “
DeSantis signed a law on June 1 that would ban transgender athletes from playing on girls’ and women’s sports teams in public schools.
In MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” early Wednesday, Buttigieg urged the GOP to pass the Equality Act, saying, “If the Republican Party is really the party of LGBTQ inclusivity, which I think it is not, then we should have no problem with passing the law on the Equal Opportunities Act ”.
“I think some people like the Chair are focused on clapping rainbow stickers on tweets and saying you support the LGBTQ community, but what we really all need to do now is work to get the Equality Act passed,” Buttigieg said on MSNBC, referring to legislation amending the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity.
An RNC spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Buttigieg’s criticism.
Buttigieg doubled up on CNN and spoke out against the decision of the Ministry of Justice that she can defend the exemption of religious schools from anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws.
“The Justice Department is doing its job to defend federal law, so we need to change federal law,” he said. “That’s why the Biden government is calling on the Republican Party to pass the Equal Opportunities Act. We need to get the Equality Act passed so we don’t have to continue these debates about whether people discriminate against LGBTQ Americans in the workplace or at home.