Pete Buttigieg: Donald Trump Used Status To Fake A Disability,’Dodge Vietnam Draft
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is accusing President Donald Trump of draft dodging the Vietnam War, claiming the president faked a disability. Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan, also spoke of the president as a “crazy uncle.”
I have a pretty dim view of someone making a decision to use their status and privilege, faking a disability in order to avoid going to Vietnam like any one else.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on President Donald Trump: ‘I’m pretty sure he deserves to be impeached, Congress has to decide procedurally on what to do//Crimson Tazvinzwa
While campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday, 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg responded to the Mueller report, saying he’s “pretty sure” President Trump “deserves to be impeached.” The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, then called on Congress to take action.
Buttigieg says “First of all, I believe that the President deserves to be impeached” and that “No one aught to be above the law.”
Quipped one fan: “Why is there even an election for goodness sake. Just give him the damn job and I’m Canadian.”
The 37-year-old Indiana mayor — a graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, Rhodes Scholar, Afghanistan veteran and musician — sent social media ablaze Monday night when he delivered a touching message to the people of France in the wake of the Notre Dame blaze — in fluent French.
English and French are just two of seven languages that Buttigieg speaks.
“To the people of France, I would like to say that Notre Dame cathedral was like a gift to the human species,” the Democrat told a reporter from the French station BFM TV at a fundraiser in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“We share the pain, but we also thank you for this gift to civilization.”
MANCHESTER, N.H. — It was getting dark outside the Currier Museum of Art and the hundreds of people who had come to see Pete Buttigieg was growing restless, maybe even a little testy. They had lined up two hours early, on a Friday night no less, but still they were outside while several hundred luckier fans were inside swilling craft beer and noshing cheese and crackers. Nearly a dozen volunteers circulated clipboards with sign-up sheets to join the campaign while conveying the fire marshal’s edict that the museum was past its capacity of 300. “They’re hot,” I overheard one volunteer warn another. No campaign wants to book a space so large its nascent candidate can’t fill it, but no one wants to tick off potential voters before the candidate has even declared.
Into this potentially fraught moment strode the compact, running-fit young mayor of South Bend, Ind., a couple of minutes after the event’s 7:30 p.m. start. Instead of rushing into the museum, Buttigieg did the opposite. He bypassed the insiders to speak to the people in the parking lot. “I heard the way you ingratiate yourself to voters is to stand on things—so I found this park bench here,” he told the overflow crowd, flashing a wry grin. The crowd laughed. It was a subtle, Midwestern-nice jab at Beto O’Rourke’s penchant for climbing on tables and countertops, with an extra touch of ‘the last shall come first’ Christian ethos. And it neatly encapsulated a talent for throwing shade without sounding like a jerk that has turned the 37-year-old into the early surprise of the still-growing field of Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Yesterday, “Mayor Pete” chatter amped up again: New York magazine unveiled its new Buttigieg cover package; Politico Magazine dropped its own, similar profile; and The New York Times put him on A1 (albeit below the fold).
Later in the day, Buttigieg’s official campaign launch, in South Bend, made a buzz. “The only time I have heard as excited a reaction to a campaign as I heard today about Buttigieg’s launch was Barack Obama in 2008 and Ronald Reagan in 1980,” Joe Scarborough—who already hyped Buttigieg after a March interview on Morning Joe—tweeted. “Yes, it’s very early. But the reaction has been remarkable.”
Buttigieg stories usually hit the same notes—millennial; openly gay; veteran; speaks Norwegian; plays the piano; reads Joyce; “it’s boot-edge-edge”; Chasten, his husband, the breakout social media star—the list goes on. Taken together, these talking points explain a large part of the Buttigieg boom. His generational alignment and sexual orientation open up legitimate new conversations about the direction of US political culture.