Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg delivered the perfect swipe at Ron DeSantis over the weekend after the Republican presidential nominee posted an anti-LGBT+ campaign video.
The video released on Friday was described as homophobic by several LGBT+ Republican Party members, as well as critics across the aisle.
The video appears to denounce Donald Trump for not being homophobic enough and includes clips of the former president apparently welcoming the LGBT+ community after the mass shootings at gay nightclub Pulse in 2016.
The second part of the video is dedicated to Mr. DeSantis and his own comments and policies on drag acts and transgender rights.
But in a bizarre move, the video appears to be attempting to portray the Florida governor as male, mixing his image with images of muscular, shirtless men and several Hollywood actors, including Brad Pitt.
Although Mr. Buttgieg did not directly comment on the video, he did manage to dig a few jabs at Mr. DeSantis during an interview with CNN state of the nation on Sunday.
“I’m going to put aside the weird attempt to prove your manhood by uploading a video stitching together images of you between oiled up shirtless bodybuilders and just get down to the bigger issue that’s going through my mind when I do something like this.” see in the political realm,” Buttigieg told host Dana Bash.
“Who are you trying to help? Who do you want better off? And what public policy problems do you get up in the morning and think about how to solve them?”
He added that for him and many other politicians, the focus is on the work of his own department on flooding and infrastructure development.
“Most of us have gone into government, into politics, into the civil service to work on issues like this,” Buttigieg said.
“And I just don’t understand the mentality of someone who gets up in the morning and thinks they’re going to prove their worth by competing over who can make life the hardest for a hardest hit community that’s already so vulnerable in America.” .”
While Mr. DeSantis attempted to attack his main rival in the Republican presidential campaign for his LGBT+ stance, Mr. Trump was widely condemned for his own anti-LGBT+ actions during his time in the White House.
Mr Trump has faced repeated allegations of homophobia after failing to recognize Pride month, banning US embassies from hanging rainbow flags and announcing via Twitter that he would ban transgender people from military service.