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.
The American Right Should Beware of Campaign Consultant Grifters
Some people want to make a quick buck with zero results to show for it.
Heading into 2022 and 2024, America First operatives should be careful dealing with campaigns run by grifters.
Patrick Clerbune of VDARE put out an informative post that serves as a warning to all about the rampant corruption within Republican political consultant outfits.
He highlighted a Washington Post piece detailing how donors gave more than $8 million to Kim Klacik, a black woman running as a Republican candidate in Maryland’s 7th district. In reality, the money donated to Klacik’s campaign went straight to the fat pockets of political consultants who knew full well that she couldn’t win.
The Post went into further detail about this naked grifting opportunity:
Her campaign is an example of how some consulting firms are profiting handsomely from Republican candidates who have robust appeal in today’s politically charged environment…
By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media, according to campaign finance filings.
For political veterans, this is nothing new under the sun. Political consultant parasites such as Karl Rove are notorious for enriching themselves by running failed campaigns and diverting resources from actual winnable races. Rove was also involved in the Georgia Senate dumpster fire, where the GOP dropped a whopping $1 billion and still ended up losing both seats.
Pointing out how the managerial state is detrimental to all Americans, especially minorities, is one thing. But using failed ethnic pandering and running campaigns in districts that can never be won by Republicans is another.
In the aforementioned case, Maryland’s 7th district has never gone Republican in its history and was the long-time home of Elijah Cummings from 1996 until his death in 2019. Democrat challenger Kweisi Mfume completely obliterated Klacik 74 to 25 in the 2020 general election.
Intelligent nationalists would be wise to recognize that certain races are lost causes, which drain resources that could otherwise be allocated towards winnable campaigns. A large degree of skepticism should always be directed towards the political consultant class. Their money-making model does not always translate into electoral success.
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