Vice President Mike Pence was living his own life and minding his own business, when out of nowhere, he was accused of being homophobic by a presidential candidate.

That candidate is South Bend mayor, Pete Buttigieg.

If you don’t know much about Buttigieg, you are not alone. However, he is gaining support amongst likely primary voters.

Meet Pete. Pete is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is an openly gay Democrat who has also served in the Navy. He wrote a best-selling memoir and likes Chick-fil-A chicken.

That is right, Buttigieg made the mistake of saying he enjoys Chick-fil-A. He said this of the chicken¬-restaurant chain, “I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken.”

He actually received backlash from social justice warriors for saying he likes Chick-fil-A. The comment wasn’t “woke.” The social justice warriors demand ideological purity.

However, Buttigieg made up for the anti-woke comment by implying that Vice President Pence is a homophobe and a religious hypocrite.

At a speech to an LGBTQ candidate fundraiser in Washington D.C., the South Bend mayor unloaded on the vice president. He said, “That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Buttigieg and Pence’s relationship goes back to their days in Indiana politics. Pence was both a governor and congressman from the hosier state, during Buttigieg’s time as mayor of South Bend.

By all accounts Pence treated the South Bend mayor with respect. Upon coming out as gay in 2015, then Governor Pence said this of Buttigieg, “I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.”

However, those comments weren’t good enough for Pete. He ripped Pence during an appearance on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert. He told Colbert, “He’s nice. If he were here, you would think he’s a nice guy to your face. But he’s also fanatical.”

Mayor Buttigieg is just another in a long line of liberals who have slandered Pence for his supposed anti-gay rhetoric and Christian faith.

Pence has been falsely criticized for supporting gay conversion therapy. This is not true.

The lie stems from a campaign website in which Pence stated he supported reauthorizing HIV/AIDS funding, only if resources were directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those “seeking to change their sexual behavior.” The program would have supported the promotion of safer sex to prevent diseases, such as AIDS.

The media is partly responsible for the unfair labeling of Pence. They have tried to manufacture stories that are not true.

They tried to claim that Pence was uncomfortable swearing in Senator Doug Jones as senator because Jones is gay. They tried to distort an image of the vice president sitting next to the openly-gay Irish prime minister, as showing Pence feeling uncomfortable sitting next to a gay man.

Many on the left claim that Vice President Pence is a hypocrite for supporting President Trump, because he has had his fair share of personal scandals. Olympian Adam Rippon said, “For Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory.”

Actress Ellen Page joined the angry mob when she told Stephen Colbert that “the vice president of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife … he wanted to ban that in Indiana, he believes in conversion therapy, he has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana.”

All these smears against Pence for his faith are meant to cast Pence as a bigot for political purposes. By labeling the vice president as homophobic, Buttigieg garnered himself media attention and helped fire up the liberal base. It is a tactic that is meant to belittle and delegitimize Pence with the hope of bringing him down politically.

However, these verbal grenades are not working, so far. Donald Trump is in the White House and Mike Pence is the vice president. So fire away liberals. You’re wasting your ammo.