Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and 2020 presidential Pete Buttigieg slammed his fellow Democrats in a Saturday speech for their employment of “identity politics” as a political weapon.
“In a risky speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a major LGBT rights group, Buttigieg warned of a ‘crisis of belonging in this country,’ arguing it was exacerbated by ‘so-called identity politics’ that emphasize how one person hasn’t walked in another’s shoes — ‘something that is true, but it doesn’t get us very far,'” according to NBC.
But the candidate is no stranger to identity politics himself. Indeed, he’s benefitted from being the first openly gay candidate to run for president. Last week, he sold out a fundraiser at an iconic West Hollywood gay bar. His husband Chasten landed on the cover of TIME Magazine above a headline that read “First Family: The unlikely, untested, and unprecedented campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg.” He was also profiled in Vogue, New York Magazine, POLITICO, and Chasten was profiled in The Washington Post.
Being openly gay is the only thing that separates Buttigieg – at least in terms of identity – from the the other white male candidates in the race. That has some of his opponents hopping mad.
POLITICO quoted a strategist from South Carolina on a recent piece chronicling the struggles of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), whose presidential campaign has sputtered.
“What I hear from people is that they see the epitome of privilege,” the strategist said, referencing Buttigieg.
A “senior Democrat” from South Carolina was also quoted in the POLITICO piece.
“I think Cory is just as accomplished,” the person said. “And I’ve heard grumblings from a number of people [who have asked], ‘Why hasn’t he gotten that type of exposure?'”
Unfortunately for the Democratic Party, it has lived by identity politics in recent history. It might just die by them, too.
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Alabama U.S. Senate Contender Tommy Tuberville Lied About Voting for Trump, According to 2016 Records
Tuberville is not telling the truth about being a long-time Trump backer.
Alabama U.S. Senate Contender Tommy Tuberville was not registered to vote in 2016 when he claimed to have voted for Donald Trump for President.
Journalist and political operative Ryan Girdusky shared the discovery over social media that Tuberville never voted for President Trump:
SCOOP: Despite claiming he voted and supported Trump, Tommy Tuberville's voter registration was cancelled in August 2016 due to inactivity… he had registered in the state of Indiana but never voted there, so they kicked him off the voter rolls. pic.twitter.com/X1bSH5N6xT
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) July 10, 2020
Girdusky noted that Tuberville did not vote in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 either while he was living in Alabama and Florida:
Tuberville has claimed on at least eight radio interviews that he voted for Trump in the 2016 election… but it's very clear by the documents that it's impossible and he lied to voters.
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) July 10, 2020
Tuberville has been lying about his record on the campaign trail during a heated political race with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who hopes to reclaim the seat he once left to join the Trump Administration.
“Well, first of all – you know, on I’m going to support President Trump,” Tuberville told Fox & Friends. “I supported him from day one. I’m the only candidate in this race who supported him in this last election. I believe in him. He has a great work ethic. You know, the guy is a winner. And the things that he’s done – we need people to stand behind him – in the Senate, in Congress to help him get his agenda through.”
“But I want to help this state and Alabama,” he added. “You know, Alabama is going to grow. It’s going to really grow.”
Big League Politics has reported about Tuberville ducking Sessions throughout the campaign, avoiding any sort of a debate that could alert voters about his poor record:
As the Republican primary runoff for nomination for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, football coach Tommy Tuberville is doubling down on a strategy of refusing to debate former Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, leaving serious questions about his immigration policy positions unanswered.
Tuberville hopes to cruise to an easy victory on the basis of support from Donald Trump, who remains incensed at Sessions over a feud related to his former Attorney General’s recusal from Robert Mueller’s witch hunt Russia investigation. But Sessions has emphasized that the feud- now in the past- can’t be all that comes under consideration for Alabama’s Republican voters.
Tuberville steadfastly refuses to clarify some of his troubling statements related to immigration policy, including stating that the United States needs 400,000 Indian visa workers to provide labor for America’s corporations. Tuberville continues to rebuff attempts from Sessions to organize a debate to discuss actual policy before the July 14th runoff election, which will determine who will go on to face Democrat Doug Jones in November.
Sessions reiterated that Tuberville refuses to participate in a debate in a tweet responding to President Trump’s latest criticism of him, pointing out that Tuberville’s GOPe sympathies render him a suspect so-called supporter of the President’s ‘MAGA’ agenda.
The Alabama U.S. Senate Republican run-off election between Tuberville and Sessions is scheduled to take place on July 14.
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