(Tea Party PAC) – Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg seems to have put the cart in front of the horse on Monday evening, essentially declaring some sort of victory in the Iowa caucus before a single drop of the results have been reported.
It seems the Democratic presidential candidate delivered a speech close to midnight last night, after the rest of the other top candidates had spoken, indicating they would be moving on to New Hampshire victorious.
Here’s more from Breitbart:
Supporters shouted “Boot-Edge-Edge” as the former mayor delivered what appeared to be a pre-written speech praising Iowa’s role in the Democrat nomination process despite the party badly botching the caucus results reporting system.
“We don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation,” he said. “By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”
Buttigieg claimed momentum in the race, thanking Iowa for choosing a “new path” forward in the Democrat presidential primary.
“Iowa chose a new path,” he said. “You chose to move on not just from the broken policies of these last few years but from the broken politics that got us here.”
Buttigieg said there were many in the Democrat party who were skeptical, calling his campaign too “naive.”
“Tonight I say with a heart full of gratitude, Iowa, you have proved those skeptics wrong,” he said to the cheering crowd of supporters.
Buttigieg said he would go on to the New Hampshire primary, previewing an ultimate victory for his campaign.
“How about a hand for the future first-gentleman of the United States?” Buttigieg shouted, referring to his husband. “Let’s hear it for Chasten!”
And here’s how the Iowa caucuses are actually going via NBC News:
Caucusgoers gathered Monday at nearly 1,700 sites across Iowa to tally support for their preferred candidates only for the night to be thrown into disarray when what the Iowa Democratic Party called “inconsistencies” delayed the reporting of results.
As the delay stretched on, candidates came out to give speeches that sounded a lot like declarations of victory despite no numbers to support or refute them.
The state has 41 pledged delegates up for grabs, and the high-stakes contest traditionally plays a major role in determining who is a legitimate contender in the race. Candidates in the crowded Democratic field needed to meet a threshold of support (at least 15 percent of attendees at most caucus sites) to become viable, or they saw supporters move on to someone else.
Some precinct captains and caucus organizers also expressed doubt about the app in the days leading up to the caucuses. An email chain provided to NBC News showed that precinct captains and caucus organizers in the Iowa City area knew of problems with the reporting app as early as Monday morning. The email was shared on the condition that identities would be redacted.
“Nobody having trouble with the app should feel dumb!” one of the organizers wrote on Monday morning. “I am hearing way more problems than in 2016… Worst case, call it in, which I expect 90% of the state will be doing anyway.”
“I gave up on the app,” another precinct chair replied.
The app was the subject of scrutiny in the weeks before the caucus due in part to the lack of information around it. The Iowa Democratic Party did not reveal what company developed the app or make it available for independent security testing.
Perhaps Mayor Pete is privy to information the rest of us aren’t, but it seems awful presumptious to say he’s going to go on to the New Hampshire caucus “victorious” without actually being told whether or not his campaign actually won anything.
Then again, this is the way liberals think. It doesn’t have to make logical sense.
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