Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has always had difficulty with connecting to minority voters — and that is about to get a lot worse.
A video recently surfaced from Buttigieg’s 2011 South Bend mayoral campaign offering what is being perceived to be outright racist sentiments — and the African American community is livid, according to the Daily Caller.
“Pete Buttigieg is a lying motherf****r”: Those are not typically words you would expect to read in a “respected” publication, but those are the words written by The Root’s Michael Harriot. A video that was taken during the South Bend mayoral race shows Buttigieg addressing the issues of education within the minority community:
“Kids” from “lower income, minority neighborhoods” don’t have “someone they know personally who testifies to the value of education.” – Pete Buttigieg, 2011 South Bend Mayoral Candidate #MayorPete #PeteForAmerica #Pete2020 #Buttigieg2020 #Buttigieg pic.twitter.com/sd1bZDLoG8
— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) November 24, 2019
The comment that is causing all the uproar centers around Buttigieg’s belief that in minority communities, there are far too few examples of success that would encourage younger minorities to continue to pursue their education.
Buttigieg claimed in the appearance that “there are a lot of kids especially from lower-income minority neighborhoods who literally just haven’t seen it work, there isn’t somebody they know personally who testifies to the value of education.”
It sounds as though Buttigieg’s poorly executed comments were an attempt to promote more opportunities for minorities, but that is not how his comments were perceived.
For his part, Harriot went on a rant against the small-town Indiana mayor, dropping F-bombs, calling out Buttigieg’s privilege, and saying he cannot relate to the struggles of minorities. He went on to cite all the differences between blacks and whites when it comes to opportunities.
“This is not a misunderstanding. This is not a misstatement. Pete Buttigieg went to the best educational institutions America has to offer and he — more than anyone on the…planet — knows that everything he just said is a baldfaced lie,” Harriot wrote.
Dead in the water
As we draw nearer to the primary elections, this could not be a more damning criticism for Buttigieg. He has struggled from day one to gain momentum with minority voters and in the Democrat party, if you can’t win over minorities, you are not going to win the nomination.
As The New York Times noted, “no Democrat in modern times has won the party’s nomination without claiming majorities of black voters, the most crucial voting bloc in South Carolina and an array of delegate-rich states.”
Buttigieg has garnered about 2% support among African American voters, according to The Hill, and several recent missteps have destroyed his chances even further. If Pete Buttigieg continues to alienate minority voters and the liberal media, he may as well call off the whole thing and head home to Indiana.