However, the LGBT movement is not necessarily buying what the fake news is selling. There is a growing backlash against Buttigieg among hardcore progressives who claim he is not gay enough to be the first homosexual President of the United States.
An article written by an openly gay man in The Outline titled, “Why Pete Buttigieg is Bad for Gays” has added fuel to the controversy by implying that the South Bend Mayor is apart of an establishment conspiracy to co-opt and neutralize the nascent LGBT movement.
Author Jacob Bacharach bemoaned Buttigieg for being the avatar of what is presently considered societally acceptable from the homosexual community.
“There is a certain kind of gay guy. He is very likely white. He would say that he is in his “mid-thirties,” although he is much closer to the end than to the beginning of his last credibly young decade,” Bacharach wrote.
“Older women think he is handsome; younger men are not so sure. He is a professional of some kind — not ostentatiously wealthy, but comfortable enough to take the occasional ski trip in Colorado or spring vacation in Spain. He probably enjoys “the theater.” He is sure to mention at some point that he likes to read,” Bacharach continued.
Bacharach resents “Mayor Pete” as he calls him for peddling the “type of unthreatening, socially acceptable, vaguely conservative gay identity” that he feels holds the LGBT movement back.
“I have increasingly come to believe that, though perhaps not intentionally, they do so to the detriment of many other gay folk and queer folk and trans folk and folks who just do not — when you put yourself in the mind of a voter with an NPR mug and maybe even an equality sticker on the back of the Volvo — quite look the part,” Bacharach wrote.
With transgenders and gay people throughout the world undergoing so much real and imagined hardship, Bacharach is “suspicious of the neat schema of [Buttigieg’s] biographical tale.”
“The struggles of trans people, queer people of color, LGBTQ people who are rural, LGBTQ people who are poor, belie this neat onward-and-upward narrative, which is a story about a very particular kind of scrubbed, upwardly mobile, largely white, well-dressed, unutterably corny gay,” Bacharach wrote.
Bacharach is reminded by Buttigieg of his days as a college radical, when he railed against the LGBT movement becoming “another boring, bourgeois constituency of the vacuous center of American politics.” Buttigieg might be the establishment’s man to accomplish Bacharach’s college self’s worst nightmare.
“It is hard to escape the way that American capitalism and American democracy have worked in tandem both to dissipate and to assimilate the radical democratic energies of queer liberation by giving a very circumscribed sort of gay a conditional membership to the club,” Bacharach argued.
While the idea of Buttigieg not being gay enough to be President is laughable, there may be a grain of truth in Bacharach’s lament.
Buttigieg’s assumed palatability with middle America has made him an immediate favorite of the fake news. With the corporate establishment firmly in his corner, it is hard to imagine Buttigieg advancing anything but the globalist status quo if he somehow obtains the presidency.
The Push to Get Joe Biden Out of the Presidential Debates Has Begun
Trying to get a free pass.
The New York Times published an op-ed dismissing the value of presidential debates on Monday, claiming that the electoral tradition has become little more than “unrevealing quip contests” that resemble professional wrestling for the uneducated rubes.
The op-ed is probably the most prominent attempt to undermine the plans for the events, with author Elizabeth Drew arguing the debates lack substance. She claims that the American public is blissfully unaware that well-known presidential debate moments are meaningless, pointing to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 “there you go again” debate admonition to Jimmy Carter.
Some Democrats have quietly worried about Biden’s prospects in the three contests, and the article may be the most public call to find the candidate a way out of appearing on a debate stage with Donald Trump.
Biden’s plain tendency to become forgetful and exhibit mental gaffes has become a concern, especially considering that some within the Biden campaign have noticed his cognitive issues tend to be most potent in the evenings in which the three debates are currently scheduled in.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the three contests are currently slated to be held without a live audience, precluding any attempts on the part of organizers to stack the university halls in which they’ll be held with a crowd of Biden supporters who hoot and cheer at any remark made by the Democrat. A similar audience format had worked in great effect in the 2012 presidential election, with a progressive crowd serving as in-house fans for Barack Obama in a debate moderated by Candy Crowley.
Biden has agreed to participate in the three traditional debate contests of the presidential election, although he had dismissed an offer from the Trump campaign to conduct even more debates before election, with the latter pointing to reduced campaign presence due to the coronavirus epidemic.
It remains to be seen if the Democratic nominee will abide by his debate commitment.
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