(Tea Party PAC) – Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg has a very bad record on race issues.
This is his one big weakness–other than being barely old enough to run for president, married to a man, and only having ever won an election to be a mayor of a small town, you know.
Black voters are largely uninterested in the white, gay, millennial former mayor, and such a hurdle could prove to be insurmountable for the party that has so long farmed the Democrat plantation for voters.
This was a weakness that came under scrutiny during Friday night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire (yes, there was a debate, not that anyone cared).
Buttigieg struggled in his response to questions about his record as mayor and about the noticeable differences in arrest rates for black and white residents of South Bend during his tenure.
“How do you explain the increase in black arrests in South Bend under your leadership for marijuana possession?” ABC moderator Linsey Davis asked.
As Buttigieg began to respond about a lower rate, Davis fact-checked him in real-time.
“No, there was an increase. The year before you were in office, it was lower. Once you became in office in 2012, that number went up,” Davis countered, adding that “that number was still up” in 2018.
“One of the strategies our community adopted was to target when there were cases when there was gun violence and gang violence, which was slaughtering so many in our community — burying teenagers, disproportionately black teenagers,” Buttigieg responded.
“We adopted a strategy that said that drug enforcement could be targeted in cases where there was a connection to the most violent group or gang connected to a murder. These things are all connected,” he added. “But that’s the point, so are all the things we need to change, in order for us to prevent violence and remove the effects of systemic racism not just from criminal justice but from our economy, from health, from housing and from democracy itself.”
Davis shot a follow-up question at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at this point, asking her if she believed it had been a “substantial answer from Mayor Buttigieg?”
“No,” she answered, attracting applause. “You have to own up to the facts.”
This evasive non-answer about an issue on which he’s been hammered on the past did not escape the notice of noted race critics, like CNN’s Van Jones.
While the mayor has been nicknamed Alfred P. Newman by President Donald Trump, got another unflattering comparison to a cartoon from the Obama admin alum.
“He was so impressive at the beginning of this thing… this guy could be president,” Jones told the CNN panel, according to BizPac Review.
“Then you get to the social justice and racial justice issues and he just starts sliding off the pavement again. He has got to figure this thing out. H’s got one more state where he can get these answers wrong and botched on race. And he’s going to be in real trouble,” Jones said.
CNN host Chris Cuomo asked Jones why he had felt Buttigieg’s answers were “wrong and botched.”
“He just doesn’t have the feel of it. When you’re asked the tough question: why the heck are they putting more black people into jail the minute you walk into office and he sounds like Scooby-Doo,” Jones replied, adding his own imitation of the dog’s face in the timeless cartoon.
“That is not going to work. You’ve got to be able to answer that question in a way, say ‘I did that because I was scared of black kids killing each other. I was doing the best I could,’” Jones added. “Come out with it, man. He can not deal with those questions.”