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Warren blasts 'hateful and offensive' Limbaugh comments on Buttigieg

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCan Biden find a third way between Trumpism and Obama-era globalism? Left seeks to influence Biden picks while signaling unity Schwarzenegger says he would 'absolutely' help Biden administration MORE (D-Mass.) defended fellow presidential contender Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE after conservative media personality Rush Limbaugh made comments about the former South Bend, Ind., mayor regarding his sexuality and his electability.

“These homophobic attacks against @PeteButtigieg are hateful and offensive. We will not tolerate this in the Democratic presidential race, and we will fight together against the hate and bigotry that Donald Trump promotes and rewards,” Warren tweeted.

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The rebuke comes after Limbaugh, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE at last week's State of the Union address, suggested that Buttigieg, who is gay, would send an inappropriate message with his candidacy.

Democratic Party leaders are “looking at Mayor Pete, a 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage, and they’re saying, 'OK, how’s this gonna look, a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband onstage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What’s gonna happen there?'" Limbaugh said. 

Buttigieg, who would be the first openly gay president if he wins in November, has surged in recent days after first- and second-place showings in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE also came to Buttigieg’s defense this week, saying that it reflected “the depravity of this administration.”

“Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he’s smart as hell,” Biden added.