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'''Peter (Paul Montgomery) Buttigieg ''' (pron. ''Peter Boota-judge''<ref>[https://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=242106 Buttigieg, Pete]</ref>) was born January 19, 1982, and is the mayor of South Bend, [[Indiana]] since 2012.<ref>[https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/19/us/pete-buttigieg-fast-facts/index.html] Pete Buttigieg Fast Facts</ref> and a 2020 Democrat Presidential candidate. The son of a first-generation immigrant from Malta and Jesuit seminarian turned secular pro-Marxist linguistics professor at Notre Dame, Pete Buttigieg claims to be a Christian while clearly being critically anti-Christian in much of his life, morals, and ideology (see Ideology below). Among many other aspects of such, Buttigieg is an avowed homosexual who is married to a biological male, and who supports abortion on demand as well as many goals of the [[homosexual agenda]].
 
'''Peter (Paul Montgomery) Buttigieg ''' (pron. ''Peter Boota-judge''<ref>[https://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=242106 Buttigieg, Pete]</ref>) was born January 19, 1982, and is the mayor of South Bend, [[Indiana]] since 2012.<ref>[https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/19/us/pete-buttigieg-fast-facts/index.html] Pete Buttigieg Fast Facts</ref> and a 2020 Democrat Presidential candidate. The son of a first-generation immigrant from Malta and Jesuit seminarian turned secular pro-Marxist linguistics professor at Notre Dame, Pete Buttigieg claims to be a Christian while clearly being critically anti-Christian in much of his life, morals, and ideology (see Ideology below). Among many other aspects of such, Buttigieg is an avowed homosexual who is married to a biological male, and who supports abortion on demand as well as many goals of the [[homosexual agenda]].
  
As the son of a scholar of linguistics, Pete Buttigieg shows that he understands the power of deceptive sophistical propaganda, and frequently uses the word "security" as a major theme, this being mentioned 27 times in his position page, from "climate security" to economic security to security from intimidation, under the guise that his policies are virtuous, when in reality such are shown to cause the opposite. Likewise, he often employs the term "harm" such as in portraying The [[Religious Freedom Restoration Act]], saying it "appeared to me to be a license to harm others in the name of religion."  However, Buttigieg supports punishing those (by supporting the proposed Federal Equality Act) who oppose homosexual relations. He also attacks evangelicals as hypocrites for supporting the Republican party (which he asserts) is contrary to Christian faith, while evidently expecting them to (hypocritically) support him.
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As the son of a scholar of linguistics, Pete Buttigieg shows that he understands the power of deceptive sophistical propaganda, and frequently uses the word "security" as a major theme, this being mentioned 27 times in his position page, from "climate security" to economic security to security from intimidationunder the guise that his policies are virtuouswhen in reality such are shown to cause the opposite. Likewise, he often employs the term "harm" such as in portraying The [[Religious Freedom Restoration Act]], saying it "appeared to me to be a license to harm others in the name of religion."  However, Buttigieg implicitly supports punishing those (by supporting the proposed Federal Equality Act) who oppose homosexual relations. He also attacks evangelicals as hypocrites for supporting the Republican party (which he asserts) is contrary to Christian faith, while evidently expecting them to (hypocritically) support him.
  
 
Despite promoting himself as a Christian, a term which originates in the Bible (Acts 11:27) and which describes their beliefs, Buttigieg openly rejects moral teachings of the Bible that he does not like, dismissing such at will, even stating, "Jesus speaks so often in hyperbole and parable, in mysterious code, that in my experience, there’s simply no way that a literal understanding of Scripture can fit into the Bible that I find in my hands.." Buttigieg also argues that human life can be understood as only beginning with the first breath, and misappropriates the Bible by making Christ's words on helping the poor (which often relates to being poor/humble in spirit) as justifying liberal (impoverishing) socialism.<ref>Morris, Alex (November 20, 2019). [https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/mayor-pete-buttigieg-faith-christianity-primary-election-913808/ The Generous Gospel of Mayor Pete] The Rolling Stone, Retrieved November 20, 2019</ref><ref> Brown, Jon (September 06, 2019) [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/buttigieg-appeals-to-the-bible-to-justify-late-term-abortion Buttigieg appeals to the Bible to justify late-term abortion] The Washington Examiner, Retrieved November 20, 2019</ref>
 
Despite promoting himself as a Christian, a term which originates in the Bible (Acts 11:27) and which describes their beliefs, Buttigieg openly rejects moral teachings of the Bible that he does not like, dismissing such at will, even stating, "Jesus speaks so often in hyperbole and parable, in mysterious code, that in my experience, there’s simply no way that a literal understanding of Scripture can fit into the Bible that I find in my hands.." Buttigieg also argues that human life can be understood as only beginning with the first breath, and misappropriates the Bible by making Christ's words on helping the poor (which often relates to being poor/humble in spirit) as justifying liberal (impoverishing) socialism.<ref>Morris, Alex (November 20, 2019). [https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/mayor-pete-buttigieg-faith-christianity-primary-election-913808/ The Generous Gospel of Mayor Pete] The Rolling Stone, Retrieved November 20, 2019</ref><ref> Brown, Jon (September 06, 2019) [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/buttigieg-appeals-to-the-bible-to-justify-late-term-abortion Buttigieg appeals to the Bible to justify late-term abortion] The Washington Examiner, Retrieved November 20, 2019</ref>

Revision as of 11:49, 22 January 2020

Mr. & Mr. Pete Buttigieg.

Peter (Paul Montgomery) Buttigieg (pron. Peter Boota-judge[1]) was born January 19, 1982, and is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana since 2012.[2] and a 2020 Democrat Presidential candidate. The son of a first-generation immigrant from Malta and Jesuit seminarian turned secular pro-Marxist linguistics professor at Notre Dame, Pete Buttigieg claims to be a Christian while clearly being critically anti-Christian in much of his life, morals, and ideology (see Ideology below). Among many other aspects of such, Buttigieg is an avowed homosexual who is married to a biological male, and who supports abortion on demand as well as many goals of the homosexual agenda.

As the son of a scholar of linguistics, Pete Buttigieg shows that he understands the power of deceptive sophistical propaganda, and frequently uses the word "security" as a major theme, this being mentioned 27 times in his position page, from "climate security" to economic security to security from intimidationunder the guise that his policies are virtuouswhen in reality such are shown to cause the opposite. Likewise, he often employs the term "harm" such as in portraying The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying it "appeared to me to be a license to harm others in the name of religion." However, Buttigieg implicitly supports punishing those (by supporting the proposed Federal Equality Act) who oppose homosexual relations. He also attacks evangelicals as hypocrites for supporting the Republican party (which he asserts) is contrary to Christian faith, while evidently expecting them to (hypocritically) support him.

Despite promoting himself as a Christian, a term which originates in the Bible (Acts 11:27) and which describes their beliefs, Buttigieg openly rejects moral teachings of the Bible that he does not like, dismissing such at will, even stating, "Jesus speaks so often in hyperbole and parable, in mysterious code, that in my experience, there’s simply no way that a literal understanding of Scripture can fit into the Bible that I find in my hands.." Buttigieg also argues that human life can be understood as only beginning with the first breath, and misappropriates the Bible by making Christ's words on helping the poor (which often relates to being poor/humble in spirit) as justifying liberal (impoverishing) socialism.[3][4]

Buttigieg is a leftwing conspiracy theorist who believes America is under attack by white people[5] and that the U.S. was "never as great as advertised."[6] He has been referred to as the American Justin Trudeau.[7]

As a 2020 Democrat Presidential candidate, Buttigieg has little support among the black community, and was caught faking black support in South Carolina. This included Buttigieg using stock photos of ethnic minorities rather than actual supporters to illustrate policies related to minorities.[8][9][10]

Hours after hosting a town hall meeting which interrupted his campaign schedule to address police violence toward the black community, six shootings occurred throughout the city leaving one dead and 10 injured.[11]

2020 Presidential campaign

See also: Pete Buttigieg 2020 presidential campaign, Black problem, and 2020 Presidential election

Buttigieg announced his candidacy for the Democratic party nomination in the 2020 Presidential election on April 14, 2019.[12] His campaign has reportedly slandered his conservative and Christian brother-in-law,[13] and has attacked Black churches for homophobia. After the demise of the Biden campaign is a corruption scandal, Buttigieg picked up the mantle of centrism and moderation in the Democrat base, posing as a defender of gun rights and critic of forced healthcare collectivization.

Buttigieg has frequently given non-answers to questions about his agenda as president.[14]

Issues supported

3604 Days Until the Climate Apocalypse

None are his own. All are cut and pasted from the traditional radical leftwing playbook. Some of these are:[15]

  • Affordable abortion and the "right" to it for all women who choose to murder their child. Even to supporting freedom to abort a child during final three months of their pregnancies, at least if necessary due to medical reasons. (According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, most abortions that take place after 20 weeks are performed for reasons other than the health of the mother or child.[16] And the total number of late-term abortions is more than seven times the combined deaths from mass shootings in America since 1966.[17])
  • Abolishing the death penalty. End mandatory minimum sentences for certain offenses. Eliminate the private prison industry.
  • Gun Control: establishing a nationwide gun licensing system. The use of "Extreme Risk Protection Orders" since "two-thirds of all gun deaths are suicides." Holding the gun industry accountable for the misuse of guns by owners.
  • Legalization of marijuana and addressing the harmful effects of its criminalization.
  • The Federal Equality Act: Enlarge and strengthen anti-discrimination protections against gender and sexual identity-based discrimination (thus leading to criminalizing dissent; compelling businesses and churches to support what God calls an abomination). Includes "safe schools legislation." Combating those who are defined as mistreating homosexuals. Includes fighting against "the overrepresentation and mistreatment of LGBTQ people in the criminal justice system" (the higher crime rate among that demographic). Focusing on improving "the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth, parents, and families." (All of which could extend to attacking those who are considered to be harmful to the psychological well-being of such). Protecting LGBTQ asylum seekers while supporting LGBTQ human rights around the world.
  • Working with "religious leaders, tech companies, and other influencers to reduce hate and extremism in our homeland, ... groups that use forms of domestic extremism."
  • Growing national service programs to foster unified community and tackle "critical national and global challenges" from "climate adaptation to supporting disinvested American communities and neighborhoods", etc.
  • Universal health care: promoted as "Medicare for All Who Want It."
  • Reparations policies for Black Americans and closing the racial wealth gap "income disparity").
  • Education: advocates zero tuition for middle-income families at public college; free public tuition affordable for lower-income students, combined with a large increase in Pell Grants that provide for basic living expenses.
  • Boosting teacher pay, beginning with Title I schools.
  • Funding national investment in affordable housing construction. Ending homelessness for families with children.
  • Paycheck Fairness Act: forcing hire companies to reveal who and what they pay based on gender, and to pay, and promote women fairly.
  • Raising the minimum wage to $15 and strengthen overtime protections. Paid family and medical leave. Extend pay and benefit protections to uncovered workers. Invest in high-quality child care and early childhood learning programs (which could foster homosexual indoctrination).
  • Giving labor unions "a powerful seat at the table."
  • "Climate Change:" treating "Climate security" as a life and death issue for our generation.
  • Implementing "a Green New Deal with all available tools including a carbon tax-and-dividend for Americans, and major direct investment to build a 100% clean energy society." Includes, "Decarbonize transportation and industry; Commit to the Paris Climate Agreement and collaborate with other countries to increase all our goals; ... Convene state and local leaders for an agreement on community-driven carbon reduction; ... Prepare our military and disaster response agencies for the security threats of climate change."
  • Foreign policy, "reinventing institutions of international engagement to address 21st century challenges, ... fundamentally rethink our foreign policy." Includes making climate security as a key basis for diplomacy.
  • Comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Automatic voter registration. Voting rights for the formerly incarcerated. Expand early voting.
  • Replacing the Electoral College with a national popular vote.
  • Overturning Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo (which ruled that statutory limits on campaign spending were unconstitutional), if necessary by constitutional amendment.
  • Advocates the District of Columbia having a House member and two Senators with voting power and Puerto Rico statehood, if its people want it, and immediate representation in the Electoral College.
  • Restructuring the Supreme Court so that ten members are confirmed in the normal political fashion, with the other five promoted from the lower courts by unanimous agreement of the other ten.
  • Supports a Palestinian state, and promised to punish (via economic sanctions) the state of Israel, America's strongest ally in the Middle East, if it includes communities in Judea and Samaria (ancient territories of Israel, which it regained from Jordan in the 6 day war of 1967) as part of Israel, warning that as President he would cut U.S. aid to Israel. In making this promise, Buttigieg accused Israel of "turning away from peace" and made no mention of Palestinian terrorism, only going so far as stating that Palestinian Arab leaders are not "the right kinds of partners" for peace.[18]
  • Buttigieg favors Congress launching an impeachment inquiry on obstruction of justice against President Trump, being in favor of impeachment, and as President he stated he would want any credible allegation of criminal behavior to be investigated to the fullest."[19]

"Security" is a major theme of his position page, being mentioned 27 times, from Climate security to economic security to security from intimidation, while the effects of the Federal Equality Act would use intimidation via penalizing and prosecuting individuals or business such as in good conscience refuse to be complicit in affirming homosexual relations, imposing economic sanctions or worse on such.[20] Such attacks on the security of those of religious conscience has been seen under the implementation of the European Union equality law.[21]

Buttigieg, an intellectual lightweight, believes that being unconcerned about God's creation "is a sin" when discussing greenhouse gases; however, Buttigieg believes that being unconcerned about God's creation is not a sin when discussing babies in the womb.[22]

Destruction of campaign finance reports

After the racial police chief firing scandal and abortionist protected by Buttigieg with 2,200 baby corpses in his home, the St. Joseph County clerk’s office overseeing South Bend elections shredded Buttigieg’s campaign disclosure reports from his 2011 first run for mayor.[23]

African American support

Buttigieg has virtually no support from African Americans, who are essential to a presidential nomination by the Democrat Party. In May 2019 he polled at 0% support by blacks in South Carolina where black voters make up 61 percent of the electorate (although a poll a month later showed 6% support),[24] and which holds a pivotal early primary and very few blacks are willing even to attend his events:

He scheduled a meet-and-greet Monday in Orangeburg — a city that is 76 percent black — but only a dozen or so people of color showed up in a crowd of more than 100. At a town hall the night before — held at a North Charleston high school where minority enrollment is 97 percent in a city that is roughly half-black — it was another overwhelmingly white audience.[25]

While campaigning at a staged event in Iowa an audience plant urged him to tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crime and doing drugs.[26] Buttigieg stated: "The fact that a black person is four times as likely as a white person to be incarcerated for the exact same crime is evidence of systematic racism." However, though liberal "Politifact" tried to provide support for it (from liberal sources), even they could not validate it, finding that that the liberal biased ACLU study the Buttigieg campaign stated he was referring to "does not support what Buttigieg specifically said in Iowa."[27]

Former Obama 2008 Presidential campaign manager David Axelrod tweeted after Buttigieg's announcement to run:
“Crowd seems very large, very impressive but also very white — an obstacle he will have to overcome. And by obstacle I mean deficiency.

His overwhelmingly white crowds were especially noticeable during his four March 23 events in South Carolina, an early primary state where 28 percent of the population, but 55 percent of the Democratic electorate, is Black. Buttigieg polled stronger among voters who are white, earn more than $100,000 a year, are college-educated and self-identify as "liberal" or "very liberal." When asked in a private meeting about his support from African-American leaders in South Bend, the mayor couldn't think of one person. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said "I don't know of one black person out of Indiana that supports him." Fudge said he depicts a sense of "arrogance" and "entitlement."[28]

In New Hampshire Buttigieg threw Obama under the bus.[29] Early on "Diversity" meant "gay," not "black." As Buttigieg surpassed Kamala Harris in the polls after the Third pre-Primary Debate moving into the #4 slot, he suddenly became ashamed of his gayness.[30]

South Bend civil unrest

Buttedgedge reads a prepared statement to Black Lives Matter. In what can only be described as a "Sister Souljah moment,"[31] Buttigieg told the protesters "I'm not asking for your vote."

Buttigieg left off the campaign trail to deal with a police shooting. A police officer defended himself from an attack by a man wielding an 8-inch hunting knife. Increased violence occurred after he held a contentious town hall meeting and called the entire police department "racist."[32] Hours later police were called to a mass shooting where ten people were injured, and one was killed. After the shooting, so many people showed up at South Bend's Memorial Hospital to check on the injured that the hospital went on lockdown. Police were called in to manage the crowd. At the same time, police responded to five other shootings, including one where a witness said the shooter was targeting police. City police had to call in County police for assistance.[33]

After the violence, the police union protested Buttigieg's characterization of the entire department as racist. In a scripted Iowa event to alleviate Buttigieg's race problems, a man shouted,
"Just tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crime and doing drugs"
to which Buttigieg recited the canned response,
"The fact that a black person is four times as likely as a white person to be incarcerated for the exact same crime is evidence of systemic racism. Racism makes it harder for good police officers to do their job too."[34]

Realizing the mistake he made while drawing national attention at the same time, Buttigieg sent a dozen pizzas to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The police union was not amused. A spokesperson said, "Our officers are brave men and women who put their life on the line for our community each day. We ask that instead of delivering pizzas, the mayor deliver some respect for what police do—and hold the politics."[35]

MSNBC's Chris Matthews, whom some see as a latent homosexual who got physically aroused during Obama's inaugural address,[36] declared long before primary voting began that he was in the tank for Buttigieg.[37]

A top Buttigieg staffer called for a urine attack on Rep. Matt Gaetz on twitter.[38] Buttigieg's campaign of hate and divisiveness found little appeal outside the far left.

Blacks uncomfortable with Buttigieg's sexuality

Biden and Buttigieg having a moment.

The New York Times reported:

Many of the 24 uncommitted black voters in the groups, men and women of ages 25 to 65, were deeply uncomfortable discussing Mr. Buttigieg's sexual orientation, the memo said, adding that "they felt the mayor was 'flaunting' his sexuality by the very mention of having a husband."...most party leaders and voters agreed that being a married gay man would cause some discomfort with religious or conservative black Democrats....black Democrats are a focal point because they were critical to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and others winning the party nomination in recent years.
"The biggest issue for him is he’s married to a man," said Phyllis Harris-Drakeford, the Democratic chairwoman of Kershaw County, S.C. "I have no problem with that: You love who you want to love and you have the freedom in this country to do that. But in the South in particular, that’s not well-favored."[39]

Blacks, who believe in God, family, and community in that order – things that are anathema and inimical to mainstream liberalism – are the moderate voice of the Democrat party.[40]

African-Americans have been shown to be a socially conservative voting group that will prove difficult for Buttigieg to make inroads with, despite the candidate’s slew of policy proposals aimed at winning them over. "Conventional wisdom suggests that as the primary moves south that the candidates will be faced with more African-American voters who tend to be more socially conservative," said Jacob Neiheisel, a political science professor at the University of Buffalo. Neiheisel said that African-Americans are largely evangelical despite being predominantly Democrat which can be a problem for a homosexual candidate such as Buttigieg to gain traction among these voters.[41]

Clay Middleton is a South Carolina Democratic National Committee member advising New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Middleton told the State newspaper that he was unsurprised by the Buttigieg campaign’s findings in the South Carolina focus group. "I've been a black guy all my life in the South and it is one of those things. African-Americans, when it comes to certain things, are very conservative," Middleton told the paper. "If you needed a focus group to tell you that, ok."[42]

South Carolina

In South Carolina where support for Joe Biden was strong and Buttigieg weak, Buttigieg released an op-ed claiming more than 400 South Carolinians had endorsed his “Douglass Plan for Black America.” ” The three black politicians listed at the top of his press release, Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine, Baptist pastor and state Rep. Ivory Thigpen, and Johnnie Cordero, chair of the South Carolina Black Caucus, never endorsed the plan. 40 percent of the endorsement names were white people. The press release on his plan read:

"There is one presidential candidate who has proven to have intentional policies designed to make a difference in the Black experience, and that's Pete Buttigieg. We are over 400 South Carolinians, including business owners, pastors, community leaders, and students. Together, we endorse his Douglass Plan for Black America, the most comprehensive roadmap for tackling systemic racism offered by a 2020 presidential candidate."

The Intercept found none of these politicians endorsed Buttigieg, or his plan, which includes financial reparations for slavery more than a century after the fact and decriminalizing drugs.

Ivory Thigpen said he told the Buttigieg campaign he was a strong Bernie Sanders supporter and was not interested in endorsing Buttigieg or the Douglass plan.

How it was rolled out was not an accurate representation of where I stand. I didn’t know about its rolling out. Somebody brought it to my attention, and it was alarming to me, because even though I had had conversations with the campaign, it was clear to me, or at least I thought I made it clear to them, that I was a strong Bernie Sanders supporter — actually co-chair of the state, and I was not seeking to endorse their candidate or the plan.

Johnnie Cordero told The Intercept he never endorsed the plan or Buttigieg.

Tameika Devine told The Intercept she has yet to endorse any presidential candidate and did not intend her curiosity to be read as an endorsement for Buttigieg. The national mainstream media, of course, giddy about Buttigieg's success in predominately white Iowa, ignored Buttigieg taking advantage of, and taking for granted again, Blacks in South Carolina.[43]

Buttigieg used a photo of a Kenyan woman in Kenya on the cover of the plan without her knowledge or consent. Ilhan Elmi Omar, who supports Bernie Sanders, struck back at Buttigieg: "This is not ok or necessary,” Omar tweeted, linking to a tweet by The Intercept D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim, who first highlighted the use of the photo, saying the unnamed woman had “reached out to me very confused." Grim wrote that the woman messaged him, “What's the meaning of the message accompanied by the photo?"[44]

Clintonian smears

See also: Liberal smear machine

Buttigieg has proven himself a tool of the Clinton smear machine by attacking Tulsi Gabbard with recycled Clinton smears to defend his lack of foreign policy experience.

Campaign funding

Buttigieg raised $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2019, with approximately $2.5 million coming from large donations, which was more than all except three Democratic candidates, including and four sitting U.S. senators, a sum that is seen likely to balloon in the coming months. Elizabeth Birch, former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, stated: "What is going on now is one of the untold secrets of the D.N.C. and Democratic Party generally, which is that the L.G.B.T. community is a huge source of money into the Democratic Party."[45]

This is related to the megadonor, tech millionaire Tim Gill, founder of software company Quark Inc., who heavily funds the LGBT movement (including by funding front groups with misleading names, such as "Alliance for Colorado’s Families) and its allies in the Democratic Party says he will continue to pursue and attack those who hold traditional views about sexual morality. "We're going into the hardest states in the country," he says. "We're going to punish the wicked." The Gill Foundation rallied more than 100 corporations, including Coca-Cola, Google and Marriott, behind a front group called "Georgia Prospers." The tactic was business threatening to pull out of the state, and the coalition successfully induced Republican Gov. Nathan Deal into vetoing a Religious Freedom Restoration Act.[46][47]

A lawyer for the racist Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, hosted a fundraiser for Buttigieg.[48]

Campaign and position developments

  • In a new advertisement available December 2, Buttigieg once again abused the Bible as being in support of his planned policies, stating "In our White House, you won't have to shake your head and ask yourself, 'Whatever happened to I was hungry and you fed me, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.'" However, as one commenter expressed, texts such as this are not speaking about wealthy leaders, who, rather than using their own wealth (or much of it) to help the poor, instead take the money of those who earned it in order to "buy" votes of those in whom they inculcated the demonic "victim-entitlement mentality, which they appeal to. And that contrary to the charge of liberals, evangelicals have been and are at the forefront (possible the foremost) providers of humanitarian aid thru private charity.[49][50]
  • In early December Buttigieg also promised easier access to abortion (under the rubric of "reproductive care") for women in the military, under the premise that easier access to abortion is necessary to overcome one of the "barriers to women’s success in the armed forces," thereby inferring to women that part of being a "success" is killing your very own child, and not just enemy soldiers.[51]
  • On December 2, the Republican National Committee Research Team published a video clip of a video Buttigieg telling a women in Spanish that under his proposed "Medicare for All" government health plan, the opportunity to buy this subsidized plan would be for everyone regardless of their immigration status.[52]

Buttigieg clarified that his "Medicare for All" (presently) means for all who want it (at taxpayer expense) versus the full version of Sanders and Warren that replaces private insurance.[53] Yahoo Finance columnist Rick Newman warned that a variety of analyses estimate that at least $3 trillion in new spending would be required for Medicare for All, which amounts to approximately as much as the tax revenue the government presently receives.[54]

  • Buttigieg has proposed an aging and retirement plan, termed "Long-Term Care America." Under which spending plan benefits worth $90 per day would be provided for seniors over age 65 who require assistance for two or more activities of daily living, and would continue for as long they needed care. The plan would require massive amounts of new entitlement spending and is criticized as being akin to Title VIII of Obamacare, which established the "Community Living Assistance Services and Supports" (CLASS) program.

Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) referred to this as a “Ponzi scheme of the first order, and which the Obama administration had to shelve as unworkable as self-sustaining. Since this Obamacare plan only required individuals to pay into the CLASS program for five years to qualify for benefits, then actuaries believed that those enrolled would pay a few thousand dollars in premiums over five years, and then collect benefits totaling tens of thousands of dollars or more. While those enrolled in CLASS would have received a $50 per day benefit, under Buttigieg's plan recipients would receive a $90 daily benefit, 80 percent richer than that of the CLASS Act.

Buttigieg's Long-Term Care America plan also plans to end the two-year waiting period presently needed for individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits to qualify for Medicare coverage.

In addition, it proposes an expansion of Social Security benefits funded by higher taxes on individuals earning above $250,000, which benefits include raising Medicaid’s asset limit for people who need long term care to $10,000 from about $2,000 in assets and increasing the income limit by 300 percent, or $2,313 per month for an individual in 2019. This government plan would also provide a new credit and provision for caregivers, including making it easier for individuals to hire neighbors or family members as caregivers.

The plan would further institute new staffing requirements for nursing homes (requiring geriatric mental health expertise in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and Medicare Advantage networks) while increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. An enhanced version of the FAMILY Act is also envisioned which will create a national paid family and medical leave fund to care for family members by providing at least 12 weeks of paid family leave per year as a portable benefit.

More tax-funded provisions are proposed, all of which would significantly raise costs to the Medicaid program.[55][56]

  • On December 2, The Washington Post awarded Buttigieg "Three Pinocchios" (the highest bluff rating on its Fact Checker scale) after finding Buttigieg's claim that he had “cut the black poverty rate by more than half” in South Bend, Ind., since he became mayor there in 2012, to be false. The Post said that the actual figure was a 6 percent reduction, rather more than half. What Buttigieg’s campaign left out was data from 2018, which shows the African-American poverty rate in South Bend rose 8 percent in one year, to 32 percent.[57] The national poverty rate for African-Americans in 2018 was 21 percent,[58] down from 26 percent in 2011.[59] During the 2011-2017 period, the national poverty rate of black families decreased 6 percent, from 24 percent in 2011 to 18 percent in 2017 (in round figures).[60]
  • On December 15, Buttigieg condemned a decision by the Hallmark Channel's to pull four TV ads celebrating a lesbian couple kissing in response to a petition by a conservative group against it. In response, Buttigieg argued that being "family friendly means honoring love,"[61] which is a recourse to the fallacious "love justifies sin" rational often used by other pro-homosexual advocates.[62] On the same day Hallmark's parent company, Crown Media Family Networks, reversed the ban, stating they are "truly sorry for the hurt and disappointment this has caused" (while doing so to Christians) and promised to "look for ways to be more inclusive."[63]</ref>
  • On December 23 Buttigieg told the Des Moines Register that incarceration should not even be a response to illegal possession of any drug, yet also stating that those in the drug pushing business should be targeted by law enforcement. He characterized drug addicts as victims, nor criminals, for which he advocated rehabilitation and (more) federal money being spent toward that instead of being incarcerated for crimes. Buttigieg stated that he did not mean legalization of everything although he supported the legalization of marijuana.[64]

Federal money for rehabilitation has been part of the Federal budget for many years. By 1991, Federal expenditures for drug treatment had risen by 341 percent since 1986 -- 20 percent faster than the total drug budget, 30 percent faster than spending for drug law enforcement and 700 percent faster than overall federal spending.[65] In 2015, Federal Block Grant funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (one program among others addressing this need) was $1.819 billion. This goes toward supporting employment, housing, rehabilitation services, crisis stabilization, peer specialist and consumer-directed services, wraparound services for children and families, jail diversion programs, and services for special populations.[66] Funding for this administration for fiscal year 2020 was $5.9 billion. In addition to other programs, block grant funding for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment was $1.8 billion, and $1.5 billion for State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants.[67]

  • On December 25, Buttigieg tweeted a Christmas greeting "celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee."

This is not the first time liberals have sought to misappropriate the authority of Scripture with this analogy, and which is criticized on factual grounds since Christ certainly did not come to earth as a refugee fleeing Heaven, thus not being born a refugee, while Joseph was a self-employed carpenter, a legal tax-paying citizen of Rome and there is no reason to think that he was particularly poor, nor did he flee to Egypt for economic reasons. Instead, Joseph fled to Egypt, which had been folded into the Roman Empire, to escape Herod who would have murdered Christ, like as abortionists do to innocents under their local jurisdiction. Thus if anything, Joseph’s flight to Egypt would be more akin to fleeing mandated abortion in California for Texas rather than fleeing South America to the U.S. for government economic assistance, which is what Buttigieg promotes.[68][69][70]

Meanwhile, it was under then-President Obama that only 53 Syrian Christian refugees of Syria’s civil war were admitted into the United States over the course of 5 years, due to American reliance on a United Nations refugee-resettlement program that disproportionately excluded them.[71]

  • In late December a video from 2014 was posted in which Buttigieg told a group of children that, "The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand that slavery was a bad thing." This resulted in reproofs from Senator Ted Cruz and others who posted quotes from such founders as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and John Adams, etc. which clearly show that that they held slavery in a negative light.[72][73]

Buttigieg and fake news reporting

See also: Fake news

Mainstream media promotion for Buttigieg being president began early, with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni writing a column in 2016 entitled “The First Gay President?” asserting it would be hard to find a more perfect Democratic candidate, who always “seems always to say just the right thing, in just the right tone.”[74]

The LA Times reported that Buttigieg blamed Barack Obama for the election of Donald Trump.

"My message is not about going back to where we were," he said.

For a lot of people, "'normal' has been a real problem for a very long time, and I think the failures of the Obama era help explain how we got Trump."[75]

The news set Twitter afire. Within hours the LA Times censored itself and altered the quote. Buttigieg benefited from his white privilege when the racist reporting at MSNBC consistently snubbed Andrew Yang to help Buttigieg surge in early primary polls of Iowa.[76]

Ideology

See also: Long march through the institutions

Buttigieg calls himself an "intellectual" and claims Democrats respect "institutions and rules" and "fairplay." Buttigieg is noted for his use of meaningless Marxist dialectic double talk and buzz phrases, such as "democratic capitalism" which supposedly sets him apart from democratic socialists.

Buttigieg is running on a platform of uprooting traditional family values, and he has attempted to promote falsehoods about Christian doctrine and smear theologically conservative Christians.[77] His priorities are transgender bathrooms and the totalitarian Green New Deal. The Green New Deal proposes eliminating air travel. By mid-2019, Buttigieg spent more money on private chartered jet air travel than any of the other 25 candidates in the Democratic field, flying to fundraisers with other limousine liberals.[78] Like Obama, he poses as a "centrist," though his beliefs are more accurately described as far-left.[79] He wants to abolish the Electoral College and pack the Supreme Court.[80] Buttigieg supports erasing Thomas Jefferson's name from U.S.landmarks and institutions.[81][82] While in Harvard, Buttigieg wrote in the student paper promoting left-wing viewpoints, some even outside the Democrat Party mainstream.[83] Buttigieg does not believe that it is not always "right" as an American to put American interests first.[84]

As the son of a (Marxist) English professor and a scholar of linguistics, Buttigieg indicates he understands the power of sophistical propaganda, such as in seeking to use conservative language for his liberal ideas. In a 2003 column he wrote for the Harvard Crimson he stated, "The real challenge for the Democratic Party, and its presidential candidates, in particular, is to figure out how to reverse the Right's stranglehold on our political vocabulary." He soon wrote another column urging ­Democrats to ­reclaim words like compassion, strength and morality.[85] Buttigieg's platform is "Freedom, Security and Democracy," while implementation of his policies would mean reducing freedom and security for unborn infants[86] and social conservatives, and progressively censoring their voice in a Democracy.[87]

Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci was a lieutenant of Joseph Stalin who headed the Italian branch of the International Communist movement (Comintern). After several failed assassination attempts on Mussolini, Gramsci was imprisoned in 1926 until his death in 1937. While in prison Gramsci wrote his Prison Notebooks, speculating on the failure of violent revolution to materialize in Western Europe as Karl Marx had predicted. Gramsci's works are considered by Socialists to be foundational to modern public education and Cultural Marxism.[88][89][90]

Joseph A. Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg's father, according to his faculty page at Notre Dame University,
"interests are modern literature, critical theory, and the relationship between culture and politics. In addition to numerous articles, Buttigieg...is also the editor and translator of the multi-volume complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks...his articles on Gramsci have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese. He was a founding member of the International Gramsci Society of which he is the executive secretary."[91]

Gramsci's theory of "cultural hegemony" states that the ruling capitalist "oppressor" class uses cultural institutions, such as "traditional marriage," to maintain power. The "oppressors" develop a "hegemonic culture" using ideology unlike Socialists who use violence, economic force, and coercion. "Hegemonic culture" propagates its own values and norms so that they become "common sense" values and thus maintain the status quo. According to Wikipedia, this "Hegemonic power is therefore used to maintain consent to the capitalist order, rather than coercive power using force" as Marxism does "to maintain order. This cultural hegemony is produced and reproduced" by the dominant Christian oppressor class "through the institutions that form the superstructure."

"Progressive" faith and social gospel

In the progressive tradition of Jim Jones' "Rainbow family",[92] Buttigieg touts himself as America's first openly gay presidential candidate.[93]

Buttigieg claims to be a strong Christian, though in reality, he holds strongly anti-religious views.[94] He has claimed the Bible contains contradictions and thus is not inerrant, though he still twists it to support his ideological views.[95][96][97]

Buttigieg's "faith journey" begins with father, who studied to become a Jesuit for a time, and although the elder Buttigieg later became irreligious, and in his memoir, "Shortest Way Home," "Mayor Pete" credits Catholicism with awakening his moral conscience, "as a voice for the oppressed and downtrodden," which he sees homosexuals as. However, as a proponent of The Federal Equality Act, Buttigieg supports persecuting those who uphold the rejecting the incontrovertible Biblical teaching that only condemns homosexual relations and only joins male and female in marriage, as the Lord Jesus Himself specified.[98][99]

Later, as a student at Harvard University, Buttigieg heard the famed homosexual preacher and proxy servant of the devil, Peter Gomes, expound on so-called "progressive Christianity," and as a consequence Buttigieg attests, "I began to understand the range of Christian traditions beyond the Catholicism I was steeped in at South Bend," and wrote columns in the Harvard Crimson that exhorted liberals to seize the moral high ground (as perversely defined by him) from conservatives. However, as R. Albert Mohler (president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky) states, "Progressive Christianity necessitates replacing Christianity with an entirely new religion." "Mayor Pete is just the latest prophet of this new religion. He won't be the last.

Studying at Oxford (England) on a Rhodes scholarship, Buttigieg stated the program was "decidedly atheistic" and which he found convincing in many ways. However, wanting some sort of spirituality, he attended services at Anglican Christ Church, which was across from the college. After moving back to South Bend, Indiana, he began began attending services at the Cathedral of St. James, which is part of the Episcopal church (the American branch of Anglicanism), and which has become known as a forerunner of "progressive" (meaning unbiblical) theology, electing the adulterer and sodomite Gene Robinson its first openly homosexual bishop and voting to allow same-sex marriages in 2003. At that local church Buttigieg "married" his boyfriend, Chasten Glezman, in June 2018, and the readings included including a passage from the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and an excerpt from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount[100] (which was another case of Buttigieg misappropriating Scripture in order to justify what it condemns).

Consistent with the liberal social gospel, which gives a low priority to the teachings of Christ (while marginalizing the teachings of Paul etc. which were inspired by the Spirit of Christ) on personal moral purity in preference to acts such as feeding the (genuinely) needy, Buttigieg criticized right-wing Christians for "saying so much about what Christ said so little about, and so little about what he said so much about." Which, like Barack Obama, indicates ignorance of the totality of what Christ taught and how He did so, and the context of His social actions and the principals of sound interpretation,[101] as well as the evidence that the evangelical church encourages sacrificial giving to help others, and that evangelicals engage in has been very substantially engaged in providing humanitarian aid,[102] as their members give more per person than those of other major groups.[103]

While Democrats typically only give perfunctory mention of God, Buttigieg openly invokes his liberal faith and advocates doing so, stating, "we need to not be afraid to invoke arguments that are convincing on why Christian faith is going to point you in a progressive direction. ... When I think about where most of Scripture points me, it is toward defending the poor, and the immigrant, and the stranger, and the prisoner, and the outcast...So I think it's really important to carry a message (to the public)…"[104] While Buttigieg likes to sound the trumpet in his alms-giving, he ignores the core teaching of salvation from sin and homosexuality:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened....For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.[105]
Scripture is unambiguous. God is not confused. Buttigieg's homosexuality is a consequence of idolatry and rejection of God.

Buttigieg opposed The Religious Freedom Restoration Act saying it "appeared to me to be a license to harm others in the name of religion...making it easier to harm people in its name,"[106] implicitly endorsing Christian persecution. In Buttigieg's world Christians who hold to Biblical morality can be impoverished and treated as outcasts or otherwise subject to harm (a word Buttigieg often uses for justification of his stance against conservatives), such as when refusing to be complicit in celebrating immoral causes, as in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop.[107] However, he did oppose Beto O'Rourke's plan to remove tax exemptions from churches that opposed liberal causes such as abortion and homosexuality.

Illustrating a primary reason why "right-wing Christians" seem so vocal about moral issues (since cultural Marxist immorality is foisted upon society and Biblical morality is attacked), Buttigieg's attack on conservative evangelicals has provoked many responses from them. Based upon the logic that the importance of an issue is based upon how much Christ said about it, and the premise that explicit statements only seem to count, evangelical blogger Erick Erickson surmises that perhaps Mayor Pete Buttigieg thinks that Jesus would be okay with abortion and bestiality.[108]

Erickson also pointed out that while Buttigieg holds himself out as a more tolerant Christian than Vice President Mike Pence, yet the later has never once said anything negative about Buttigieg having homosexual attractions, while Buttigieg called Pence a fanatic and ridiculed Pence's faith. Erickson thus sees this as suggesting that he "would be O.K. with using the government to persecute Christians," for already "Buttigieg has come out in favor of the government shutting down Christian businesses if they do not bow at the altar of gay marriage."[109]

Despite claiming to oppose using religion as a "cudgel," said in his very next sentence that if God were a member of a political party, it would not be the GOP.[110]

Homosexual activism

Elements of the LGBTQ+ and transgender movement began coalescing around the Antifa terror organization in violence in the Tacoma suicide bomber attack[111] and Boston Straight Pride March in late Summer, 2019.[112]

While supporting the murder of the unborn and living contrary to the specified description of marriage, as well supporting homosexual fornication, which the Bible condemns and is contrary to Christian faith,[113] and supporting punishing those who disagree,[114] yet Buttigieg said he plans to bring Christian values back to the White House and will ensure that religion will not be used to divide the American people.[115] Any faith the Buttigieg holds, he weaponizes it to attack political opponents.[116] Buttigieg has attacked Bible-believing Christians for their beliefs[117] and for supporting President Trump. He unfairly attacks Vice President Mike Pence,[118] calling him "the midwife of the porn-star presidency," describing Pence as "a nice guy to your face," but "just fanatical"[119] despite his own radical positions on abortion and same-sex "marriage".[120] Despite Buttigieg's radical and divisive attacks on conservative Christians, he claimed he could somehow unite Americans.[121]

Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, who is openly gay, said
I find it really ironic that Mayor Pete stayed silent about this so-called hate hoax on him and others during 2015, 2016, 2017 when Mike Pence was governor of Indiana. There was total silence. It’s ironic that right about now when he’s starting his fund-raising apparatus to run for president that he comes up with this idea and this attack.[122]

The leftist Buttigieg is promoted as a devout Christian and a "man of faith" despite being "married" to a man. Homosexuality is never sanctioned in Scripture, and the Lord Jesus Himself specified that it was male and female that God joined together in marriage. Homosexual relations are only condemned in the Bible wherever it manifestly deals with them (see: Homosexuality and the Bible and Homosexuality and biblical interpretation).

Buttigieg proudly attributes this sinful desire of his fallen fleshly nature to God, stating that he wished that, "the Mike Pences of the world" would understand that if they have a problem with who he is then their quarrel is with God.[123][124]

Cities across America which have adopted open bathroom policies, an issue dear to his heart, have been plagued with dirty hypodermic needles.[125] Buttigieg supports federal legislation banning discrimination against homosexuals, and therefore opposes the Trump administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military, while supporting gender reassignment surgery for transgender people in prison.[126]

Buttigieg and his "husband" offer no hope to parents, young girls, and women as role models for heterosexuality. Buttigieg's homosexuality and support for the homosexual agenda propelled him into the upper ranks of Democrat candidates, and the mainstream media has visibly displayed its adoration for him while he rose in the polls[127] (Liberals/leftists love Buttigieg's attacks on Vice President Mike Pence who supports religious liberty).[128] Major homosexual political donors are financially backing his campaign.[129]

Buttigieg has rebuked conservative Chrisitans alleging they advocate theocracy. Buttigieg said in a Democrat primary debate:
"The Republican Party likes to cloak itself in the language of religion. Now, our party doesn’t talk about that as much, largely for a very good reason, which is that we’re very committed to the separation of church and state.
Hans Fiene commented on Buttigieg's illogic:
"How dare you ignore our Lord’s words about caring for vulnerable children," says the man who ignores our Lord’s words about not killing vulnerable children. "How could you be so unchristian and support separating children from their parents," says the man who supports separating unborn children’s limbs from their bodies.[130]

Background and career

Early communist indoctrination

President Trump remarked on the resemblance of Buttigieg to Alfred E. Neuman; Buttigieg, a man of the world who speaks seven languages, had no idea what President Trump was talking about. Alfred E. Neuman was a perennial presidential candidate for many years.[131]

Buttigieg's father, a communist, Joseph Buttigieg, joined Notre Dame's faculty as a professor of modern European literature and literary theory in 1980.[132] An only child, Buttigieg had always been close with his father, who passed away in 2019. The senior Buttigieg had a profound impact on "Mayor Pete." [133] Joseph Buttigieg supported a revised version of Marxism that dispensed with some of the more doctrinaire theories of Marx and Engel's, yet he was clearly Marxist. “Equity, environmental consciousness, and racial justice are surely some of the ingredients of a healthy Marxism" he wrote. According to Paul Kengor, Grove City College professor and expert in communism and progressivism, Buttigieg was among a group of leftist professors who focused on injecting Marxism into the wider culture.[134] The senior Buttigieg wrote that he found Marx's description of emancipation as the eradication of humans' alienation from each other and their alienation from their own productive and creative activity to be "compelling." And that to reach this kind of freedom, "the many forms of oppressive structural relations must be confronted and altered and, just as important, the constitution of social agents cannot be limited to the liberal language of rights."[135]

In high school, Peter Buttigieg began thinking about running for political office, and he became senior-class president, valedictorian, and president of the school's chapter of Amnesty International, where he objected to the group's focus on "Ay-rabs." Later, Buttigieg wrote an essay commending the courage of then-congressman Bernie Sanders. Being invited to the JFK library, he met Senator Ted Kennedy who offered him an internship. Buttigieg was accepted to Harvard University where he became the student president at Harvard's Institute of Politics. The (very liberal) New Yorker described this role as being “sought by the most ambitious of the exceptionally ambitious." Buttigieg succeeded retired senator David Pryor (one of Bill Clinton's key political mentors) whom he thanked for providing “the political education we really needed." Buttigieg wrote a regular column for the Harvard Crimson, in one of which raved about rap star Eminem who was ‘dumping it on White America,’ building a new narrative — aggressively American, abused, angry and alarming.

Buttigieg obtained a Rhodes Scholarship which enabled him to enter Oxford, where he says he found that supply and demand cannot be expected to deliver fair prices or efficient outcomes in many situations. Buttigieg graduated with the highest grade possible.

Opportunism

Buttigieg participated in protests against the war in Iraq while he was at Harvard. Buttigieg stated that he decided to sign up for the Navy Reserves in 2009 after being sent to knock on doors while canvassing in Iowa for Barack Obama in 2008 and many of the people who answered were in the armed forces. Buttigieg also thinks that America may have never had gone to war in Iraq if more elected officials had served or had family members in the military.[136]

Buttigieg began serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014[137] for 6 months, having volunteered for an overseas deployment as an intelligence officer and having reached the rank of lieutenant. Buttigieg had previously become acquainted with Afghanistan as a civilian advisor at McKinsey & Company of Chicago and preferred that location as an overseas assignment. Buttigieg served in the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell (ATFC) in Kabul, placing him in “an imminent danger pay area” from late March to mid-September 2014. He was part of a unit assigned to identify and disrupt terrorist finance networks, mainly a desk job, but he wrote that while he expected to spend the bulk of his time as an intelligence analyst “behind a sophisticated computer terminal in a secure area," he states that he went “outside the wire” 119 times leaving the relative safety of the base as a vehicle commander on convoy security detail in dangerous parts of Kabul as an armed driver. However, apparently, he did not engage in direct combat, which would have earned him a Navy combat ribbon. Military officials state that Buttigieg received standard medals and decorations for a member who served overseas in the war on terror, such as citations for rifle and pistol marksmanship, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal for service in a combat zone.[138]

Buttigieg invokes his military service at nearly every campaign stop, using it as both a sword and a shield in his campaigning.[139] In 2017, he suggested he would not have joined the military if it were politically damaging.[140]

Buttigieg stated that he approached military service ethically and morally by telling himself at the time was that there are cases where violence is necessary in order to prevent greater violence. However, as regards experiencing any injury as a consequence of having been to Afghanistan, he said that it was not from moments when he was afraid of being killed, as much as it was from moments when he may have participated in killing. Over time he began to realize that was the part with which he was having the hardest time coming to terms. He added as regards what people in the military are asked to do, "I don't think we've really reckoned with the moral weight of what we're asking them to do—not just in terms of the physical risks they take but the moral harm that we're asking them to go through."[141]

In addition, in attacking presidential candidate Joe Biden, Buttigieg stated he certainly thinks that the vote to support the Iraq War was a mistake, for the war was "a terrible idea."[142]

Buttigieg also expressed that he believed President Trump faked a disability to get out of serving in the military and attacked him for pardons like that for US Army officer Michael Behenna, who was convicted of killing an Iraqi prisoner, stating pardons like that are "disgusting." However, Buttigieg defended athletes who choose to kneel in protest during the national anthem, stating that freedom to do that was something that he put his life on the line to defend.[143]

Early political career

Once out of college, Buttigieg did research and press work for John Kerry's presidential campaign. In 2007 Buttigieg was employed at McKinsey & Company in Chicago, where he realized that "despite all my education, I felt ignorant about how the private sector really worked." Buttigieg ran for Indiana state treasurer in 2010, though at $68,772 per year he says it paid less than half of what he already was making. In 2009 and 2010 Buttigieg openly advocated support for the auto-industry bailout, but lost the election for state treasurer to the incumbent treasurer Richard Mourdock, who opposed the bailout.

Mayor Pete

FBI crime data since Mayor Pete took office.[144]

Buttigieg's next step on the political ladder was that of being elected mayor of heavily Democratic South Bend, Indiana, in which every mayor since 1972 has been a Democrat. In 2011, Pete ran for and was elected Mayor of South Bend on a promise to bring the city back with a new approach to politics and new ideas.[145] Buttigieg won 80% with a total turnout of 8,000 in a city of 100,000. Despite this majority vote, Buttigieg has overseen rising crime, homelessness, and drug use. South Bend is among the 3% most violent cities in America, and is among the highest 30 cities for top murder rates, and with violent crimes being three times higher than in the rest of Indiana, while property crimes are five times higher. Overall South Bend is safer than just 3% of U.S. cities.[146] In 2015 South Bend had a murder rate that ranked it the 29th-worst among the 300 American cities with 100,000 people or more.[147]

Nonetheless, as mayor, he received praise from the very liberal Washington Post (which focused on him being a mayor who while serving six-month deployment to Afghanistan as a naval reservist), for his plan on dealing with 1,000 vacant lots and abandoned buildings in 1,000 days. However, he also faced much criticism for handling a scandal (which developed shortly after his election) regarding illegal recordings by the police department of allegedly racist statements by certain officers against the black police chief, and which ended up involving the FBI. This resulted in an ongoing legal fight that has been the longest-running and most expensive one the city history, costing taxpayers more than $2 million thus far.

In April 2019, The Guardian wrote about Buttigieg and South Bend, Indiana:

...Buttigieg’s focus on downtown has been criticized for coming at the expense of other neighborhoods. More than a quarter of the population still lives at or below the poverty line, well above the national average of 14%. Crime is also high. There were 15 murders, 93 rapes and 345 robberies per 100,000 in South Bend in 2017, compared to six, 52 and 339 per 100,000 in 2010, according to City-Data.com.[148]

Buttigieg endorsed Clinton late in the primary in 2016, and after Trump's election, Buttigieg announced he would run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, running against Keith Ellison and Tom Perez but was defeated because he's white.

According to FBI crime statistics, violent crime has risen year after year since Buttigieg's election. As mayor, Buttigieg oversees South Bend's systemic racism.

Race relations

Buttigieg is an amateur white race-hustler by Democrat standards. Buttigieg apologized for having once thought, believed, and expressed "all lives matter"[149] and criticized his supporters for being too white.[150]

The New York Times reported that one of Buttigieg's first actions as mayor was to fire and demote the city's popular Black police chief.[151] The Obama FBI under its disgraced director James Comey was investigating the city's first Black police chief for allegedly illegal wiretapping. No federal or state charges were ever filed against the chief. Buttigieg told CNN, "This wasn’t about the nuances of the Wiretap Act, this was about whether people could trust their police department.” Upon firing, the former chief sued Buttigieg for racial discrimination and civil rights violations,[152] costing the city in excess of $2 million.[153] When confronted by Black Lives Matter protesters, Buttigieg read from a prepared script saying, "I'm not asking for your vote."[154][155]

The chief's lawyer does not believe Buttigieg's explanation and told the New York Times that he asked a friend in the U.S. Attorney's office whether Buttigieg's explanation added up. The U.S Attorney's office responded that Buttigieg's explanation "is so contrary to the protocols of U.S. Attorneys’ offices. We never would condition a determination on prosecuting or not prosecuting based on an employment decision."[156] Buttigieg's truth-telling surrounding the events has been called into question.[157]

Buttigieg called for the eradication of racial bias in the South Bend police force,[158] while being accused of a lack of diversity in his administration[159] as well as in his presidential campaign.[160]

Buttigieg rejected calls for the resignation of the racist Democrat governor of Virginia Ralph Northam. Buttigieg said,
"I don’t mean to congratulate ourselves because we’ve got our issues to work through too, but I would point to the contrast between how the Democratic Party handled allegations of sexual mistreatment among people in our ranks … and what's going on on the other side of the aisle. Or when it comes to these disturbing racial relations. The difference between the conversation the Democratic Party is having about the governor of Virginia and the conversation, if any, that the Republican Party is having about people like Steve King. How much will we tolerate? That is one of the things that ultimately gets resolved in the conduct of a primary process."[161]
Buttigieg's riff was a blatantly false statement. King was immediately removed by Republicans from all House committee assignments when King was quoted out of context by the New York Times, whereas Rep. Ilhan Omar was never censored or disciplined for a recurring pattern of anti-Semitic statements. Buttigieg justified Gov. Northam remaining in office rather than resign to allow the Black Lieutenant Governor to assume office, suggesting Northam could primaried out in 2021.[162] Northam has since donated over $85,000 to fellow Democrats and remains in office.[163] A lawyer for Northam hosted a fundraiser for Buttigieg in June 2019.[164]

Buttigieg's initiative to address 1,000 vacant and abandoned homes in 1,000 days with aggressive code enforcement disproportionately displaced poor black people. Common Council member Regina Williams-Preston, who is running for mayor in 2019, told several mainstream media outlets "people lost homes," primarily poor blacks, because of the initiative. Buttigieg's focus on downtown development projects did little to help struggling residents in low-income neighborhoods.

Buttigieg has accused Black Christians of homophobia.[165] More than any other ethnic demographic group, Blacks have historically opposed same sex marriage and hijacking of the civil rights movement by the gay pride movement,[166][167] which for Buttigieg is a main drawing card. When Buttigieg launched his presidential campaign on a Sunday, many African-Americans weren't asked and didn't attend because they were at church.

As a result of a deadly shooting by police officer (Sgt. Ryan O’Neill) of a black man (Eric Logan), an alleged burglar who went toward the police officer with a knife,[168] Buttigieg faced significant criticism from the black community. The South Bend police union accused Mayor Pete Buttigieg of engaging in a response in this case that is "solely for his political gain and not for the health of the city he serves,” and as "driving a wedge" between officers and residents,[169][170] and stated that his remark that "all police work and all of American life takes place in the shadow of racism" was divisive.[171] Days before the first Democratic presidential debates, prominent South Bend community leaders were demanding his resignation.[172] In the process, Buttigieg significantly lowered morale in the South Bend Police Department, with many officers considering leaving.[173]

Steve Patton, the Chicago city attorney who spearheaded efforts to block the release of video footage showing the 2014 police shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald, donated the maximum amount of $5,600 to the Buttigieg campaign and headlined fundraising events.[174]

South Bend abortionist with 2,246 baby corpses in his home

In Buttigieg’s first year in office, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center wanted to open next door to Ulrich Klopfer, the only abotionist in South Bend. The pro-life group promised to not allow demonstrators to use their property, but Buttigieg intervened to prevent the rescue center from getting permission to open.[175]

Klopfer was forcibly retired in 2015, and his clinic closed, after it was found he performed abortions on at least two girls under 13 years of age and violated state law by not reporting it. The New York Times reported that Klopfer was found guilty of five of the nine charges he faced by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, including failing to report an abortion he performed on a 13-year-old, failing to exercise reasonable care, and violating documentation and notice requirements.[176] The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported many of the board members were shocked by Klopfer’s attitude regarding the case of a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by her uncle. The doctor failed to notify the police even after learning that the parents were going to keep the matter secret. One board member stated that what bothered her most was Klopfer’s striking lack of medical judgment and competence.

When Klopfer died in 2019, his family found 2,246 corpses of dead babies preserved in jars in his home.

After Klopfer's forced retirement, a Texas based franchise chain with locations in five states moved into South Bend. Whole Woman's Health committed dozens of health and safety violations in three Texas facilities between 2011 and 2017, including the lack of a registered nurse on staff, inadequate sterilization of equipment, and missing fentanyl stock. The Indiana State Department of Health denied Whole Woman's Health of South Bend's license application due to a lack of "reputable and responsible character."

Buttigieg's presidential campaign touted his support of Whole Woman's Health.[177]

In April 2018, Buttigieg vetoed a South Bend Common Council rezoning decision that would have allowed a pro-life pregnancy center, Women's Care Center, to open next door to Whole Woman's Health.

In August 2019, The Chicago Tribune reported, "South Bend at center of abortion debate as unlicensed clinic supported by Mayor Pete Buttigieg is allowed to open."[178]

Family

Buttigieg was gay-married in 2018, and the couple have no children.[179] However, Buttigieg stated that they want children. Speaking on NBC's Today show, he added, "I don't know exactly when and how we're going to pull that off, but Chasten is made to be a dad," and "I'm looking forward to it too, as soon as we can figure it out."[180]

See also

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