Indiana mayor and Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is struggling mightily to attract the crucial support of Black voters in the Democratic primary, and it appears his campaign is resorting to underhanded tactics to shore up his base among the community.
Buttigieg appears to have mostly faked a list of 400 Black Americans he described as endorsing a set of policy proposals intended to benefit the black community.
Buttigieg’s campaign emailed some South Carolina state legislators and activists involved in Democratic party politics over their potential endorsement of the South Bend mayor’s “Douglass Plan.” But before signing them up for a list of supporters who had endorsed the plan, the campaign didn’t wait to receive their approval or actual endorsement. Those who were emailed were merely given the option of “opting out” of endorsing the Douglass Plan.
A South Carolina legislator named Ivory Thigpen who was falsely listed as a Buttigieg supporter by the campaign rejected the notion when asked about the list, and clarified that she was actually a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter.
Another South Carolina activist who had himself removed from the list of Black Buttigieg supporters went on CNN to reject claims that the gay candidate was struggling in the state because of his sexuality.
Research from the Intercept also revealed a significant proportion of the individuals Buttigieg listed as Black supporters are actually White.
Buttigieg largely appeals to a nostalgic set of liberal Americans who maintain an unquestioning allegiance to America’s elite institutions, and see Buttigieg as a messianic figure destined to use his elite credentials to reassert the credibility of the widely disgraced neoliberal political class.
It’s probably not surprising that such a proposal isn’t as appealing to many Black Americans. However, polls generally reveal that Joe Biden leads handily with Black Americans in the primary, with candidates such as Bernie Sanders usually taking second place.
Polls show Buttigieg lagging behind in states such as South Carolina. But recent Iowa polls have showed the “polite” Democrat surging to first place in the state, suggesting he could win the first primary to occur in what could be a drawn-out Democratic nominating process.
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POLL: 15% of Sanders Supporters Plan to Vote For Donald Trump in November
They prefer Trump to an establishment Democrat.
New polling from ABC suggests that Donald Trump is primed to win over a significant share of Bernie Sanders primary voters in the November general election, suggesting that some of Bernie’s Bros don’t intend to bend the knee to likely establishment Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The poll reveals that 15% of self-identifying Bernie Sanders supporters already plan on voting for Trump in November. President Trump ultimately ended up winning the votes of 12% of 2016 Sanders supporters, suggesting he’s increased his appeal to the democratic socialist’s supporters.
Some centrist Democrats have expressed their personal distaste of Sanders(and some Gabbard) supporters on account of their perceived unwillingness to vote for the Democratic nominee, forgetting that it’s the obligation of American political candidates to win the votes of citizens who chose to support their opponents in primaries.
While Trump and Sanders are on opposite ends of the American political spectrum, they could be compared in a sense that they’re both considered political populists. Trump’s policy positions on trade, some foreign policy, and American manufacturing are closer to the Sanders’ views than Joe Biden’s reheated neoliberal political program.
Perhaps even more significantly, the poll shows that Biden gauges the lowest ever recorded “enthusiasm level” for a Democratic Presidential nominee. A paltry 24% of likely Biden voters describe themselves as “very enthusiastic” to vote for him in November.
With a voter base that seems lethargic in an unprecedented fashion, it’s possible that Joe Biden could go down as the most “low energy” major Presidential candidate in recent American political history.
The poll’s general election survey reveals a tight contest between Biden and Trump, with the former Vice President leading within the margin of error by 49% to 47%. Trump’s polling has improved significantly in recent weeks in ABC’s surveys, in part because of high public approval of the federal response to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic.
Biden seems to have largely disappeared from the national conversation in the wake of the historical epidemic, only sparsely appearing on public broadcasts in bizarre gaffe-filled livestreams from a converted recreation room in his Delaware home.
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