Pete Buttigieg was a rising star in the Democrat primary just a moment ago.
But a racist misstep has sent his campaign spiraling downward.
Pete Buttigieg said one wrong word that destroyed his campaign in a moment.
Despite being a small-town mayor who lost the only significant race he ever attempted, Pete Buttigieg has somehow managed to become a major contender to be the Democrat nominee.
While Pete Buttigieg is doing well at this point his campaign has a major problem.
While he’s a media darling because he’s suitably “woke” without being uncomfortably radical, there is one key demographic that he’s not doing well with.
Pew Research found that his support among African American voters was approximately 0% in November and new information has only been making things worse.
A leaked memo from his campaign stated that African Americans had a problem with him because of his sexuality, saying, “being gay was a barrier for these [African American] voters, particularly for the men who seemed deeply uncomfortable even discussing it. … [T]heir preference is for his sexuality to not be front and center.”
Another concern is that as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg demoted the Police Chief Darryl Boykins, the city’s first ever black police chief. Boykins claims that Buttigieg used an excuse to get rid of him because he was trying to remove African American leadership in South Bend.
Even his efforts to win over African American voters aren’t helping him, according to the Washington Examiner:
Pete Buttigieg accidentally referred to “dark money” as “black money” while speaking to a predominantly black audience about campaign finance reform two weeks ago in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.
A clip of the blunder started to make waves this week after the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, claimed victory in Iowa.
“I am not a fan of the current campaign finance system. And the reality is, it’s not going to get better, in all the ways we need it to get better, without a constitutional reform,” he said.
Moving to the topic of “dark money,” mainly from super PACs that spend exorbitant amounts of money without revealing their donors, the 38-year-old stumbled verbally.
“So, there’s things we can and should do right away, they can deal with black money — sorry, dark money,” said the presidential candidate before the moderator, radio show host Charlamagne tha God, jokingly said, “African American money.”
Buttigieg, who is white, then quipped that he’s “always happy to take black money contributions into my campaign.”
While it may have just been one word, the mistake of saying “black money” instead of “dark money” isn’t going to help Buttigieg in getting the African American vote.
There are good reasons that Pete Buttigieg is in 5th place in the betting odds.
Unless he can make headway with African American voters, his campaign will be toast soon.
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