South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg isn’t doing too badly as a presidential candidate; despite all the hype surrounding the Kennedyesque Beto O’Rourke, Buttigieg actually has some substance and has impressed a lot of people with his media appearances.

And we think it’s cute that he thinks he’s going to win back “freedom” as the domain of Democrats. Yes, he knows that Democrats are all about controlling people’s lives — how could he not? — but he distinguishes between Republican freedom and Democratic freedom in this clip he posted.

“If they’re telling you who you ought to marry?” Sorry, guy, but your guy Barack Obama came into office opposed to same-sex marriage, not Donald Trump. Now, if they’re telling you that you have to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding or be fined out of existence, they’re Democrats and they’re trying to make you unfree.

Speaking of Obama, isn’t he the guy who said the Constitution is just “a charter of negative liberties” that “doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf”? That doesn’t sound like freedom.

Just an aside, because any liberal website would mention it if Buttigieg were Republican — that is one white audience.

We’ll give him this: his speech is a step up from Kirsten Gillibrand’s “Brave Wins,” which is just downright stupid. But if he wants to have a debate about which party is the party of freedom, bring it on.

Remember when DePaul dispatched security to keep Ben Shapiro from even stepping on campus, let along speaking?

If a union can force you to pay dues to support candidates you wouldn’t support yourself, that’s making you unfree. If the government can tell you how much you have to pay your employees, that’s making you unfree. We could do this all day.

Still, keep an eye on this guy. His followers are eating it up — at least until rich old straight white man Joe Biden announces and stomps everyone else in the field.