(ReliableNews.org) – When it comes to a presidential candidate shoring up support for their campaign, they’ll reach out to almost anyone.
Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is no different in this regard, save for his “controversial” methods of getting support among various demographics. More specifically, Buttigieg is faking the support he receives for his presidential campaign, especially among African-American voters.
Buttigieg has a rocky relationship with blacks in America after some of the decisions he made as mayor.
This artificial inflation of support, perhaps to make up for this shaky relationship, isn’t new for him. This relationship is demonstrated by the fact that he’s polling at just 4% among black voters.
A few months ago, Buttigieg released his Douglass Plan, named after Frederick Douglass, while faking the endorsements he received for it. Americans quickly caught on and those who were wrongly named as supporters publicly denounced him. What should have happened as a one-time blunder continues to this day.
One example of the former mayor’s misconduct involves Diane Cole, the owner of Diane’s Kitchen in South Carolina. He went to lunch at the restaurant and then wrote an op-ed in which he cited the business by name as an official supporter of his campaign.
After reading the headlines of her support in the news, Diane quickly denounced the claim.
African-American comedian Keegan-Michael Key was also named as an official endorser of the Buttigieg Campaign before Key clarified by stating he just wanted to “encourage early voting and voter registration.”
Buttigieg’s false claims of black support partially come from falsehoods and partially from misunderstandings. The Douglass Plan controversy seems to be a clear lie in which none of the supposed supporters actually endorsed the plan.
In the case of Diane’s Kitchen, the act of serving Buttigieg and his entourage lunch as an endorsement seemed to be a misunderstanding.
Plenty of “Misunderstandings”
Sean Savett, a spokesman from the Buttigieg Campaign, says that there have never been any deliberate attempts to falsely claim support from individuals who don’t believe in his message.
Rather, these events can be chalked up to misunderstandings or misinterpretations or interactions with the campaign. Some call Buttigieg’s “endorsements” and “intentionally vague” as to stretch the limits of what his real support looks like.
South Carolina State Rep. Ivory Thigpen (D) commented on the Douglass Plan fiasco saying that the campaign judges its support of the plan based on email responses.
He said that he received an email stating if individuals didn’t want to be listed as an endorser of the plan, then they need to reply before a certain deadline. Thigpen said he didn’t see the email, thus didn’t reply.
With politicians receiving so many emails and stretched between various lines of communication, it’s understandable if Thigpen didn’t catch the email within a short time frame.
It’s one thing to appeal to as many potential supporters as possible and another to misrepresent, or potentially lie, about the endorsements a presidential candidate receives.
Buttigieg’s shaky history with his supporters could be cause for concern as the presidential race carries on.
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