In her "First Thoughts" on Fox Nation Monday morning, Tomi Lahren weighed in on the back-and-forth between Vice President Mike Pence and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

In several recent appearances, Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is openly gay, criticized Pence for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

"I don't have a problem with religion, I'm religious too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people," he said on "Ellen" Friday.

Pence has responded to Buttigieg's criticism by saying that his beliefs about marriage are informed by his Christian faith, but he strongly believes in the First Amendment and the fact that people can have different points of view.

Lahren noted that after Buttigieg came out as gay during his mayoral re-election campaign in 2015, Pence described his as a "patriot" and a "dedicated public servant," and said he held Buttigieg "in the highest personal regard."

"Yes, it's true that Mike Pence has been critical of same-sex marriage. And he doesn't hide that or back away from his values. Does that make him a monster? No," Lahren said. "He's allowed to hold his own views on gay marriage just as Pete is allowed to hold his."

Despite that, she said, Buttigieg won't "let it go," as he continues discussing the topic in interviews and on social media.

"Pete, don't do this," Lahren urged. "Don't play in the mud with the other Democrats. You're better than that."

She said he should instead focus on his agenda and policy positions, beyond "tired identity politics."

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