2020 Democrat and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has run a fairweather campaign.
Since his time as a candidate, Buttigieg managed to brand himself as a quasi-moderate Democrat with supposed crossover appeal. Moreover, Buttigieg’s candidacy is different from that of Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders; as a matter of fact, the former South Bend mayor has sparred with Warren on multiple occasions, during various debates.
Towards the end of 2019, Buttigieg repeatedly hit the senator for lying about Medicare-for-All and issuing fundraising “purity tests” that she herself can’t pass.
Buttigieg has also managed to meet with celebrities, such as pop star Lizzo and snag a presidential endorsement from actor Kevin Costner. However, the 2020 Democrat hasn’t run a campaign without its challenges.
On Sunday, a group of homeless veterans crashed Buttigieg’s town hall event and demanded to speak with him, per reports from Washington Examiner.
Why Homeless Veterans Confronted Buttigieg
During Buttigieg’s town hall yesterday, he criticized the president’s execution of Iranian terrorist Quassem Soleimani.
Moreover, the 2020 Democrat took aim at the manner in which Trump has handled issues with Iran; according to Buttigieg, he believes the president is putting the lives of the troops at risk by bringing America and Iran closer to the brink of war with one another. Unfortunately, this talking point has become quite common amongst Democrat candidates who are eager to win the 2020 presidential election.
However, not all veterans share Buttigieg’s outlook on situations that are happening with Iran. As Buttigieg spoke, a group of protesters entered the event and challenged the former South Bend mayor on his record pertaining to homeless veterans. While the veterans explained they’d been trying to speak with Buttigieg for quite some time, the 2020 Democrat’s supporters chanted over them; the protesters then responded with a “Black Lives Matter” chant of their own.
Eventually, Buttigieg spoke, lauding the merits of “respectful, honest, open, and transparent dialogue.”
Where Does Buttigieg’s Campaign Stand Now?
At this time, the 2020 Democrat is in considerable competition with rivals Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden. Although Buttigieg has snagged some support and endorsement from prominent Hollywood figures, he’s slipped in some recent polls.
However, Buttigieg will qualify to appear on this month’s Democrat debate stage; this comes as the DNC continues to raise the bar of thresholds in order to weed out lower-polling candidates. The former mayor’s current standing in the polls also maintains as the Iowa caucuses approach.
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