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UNDER FIRE: Buttigieg Faces Calls to Resign as Mayor, Criticism from South Bend Fraternal Order of Police

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is facing scrutiny after a police shooting in his town.

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Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing scrutiny from members of his town as he travels the country campaigning.

“Because of Pete’s selfishness, in my opinion, he is still the mayor,” Derek Dieter, former South Bend Common Council president told Washington Free Beacon.

Dieter called for Buttigieg’s resignation from his mayoral position.

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“To me, it doesn’t make sense,” he said. “If you’re running for president, that’s a lot of pressure, you got to be on the road. Everything that happens in South Bend shouldn’t be on your mind. You should be concentrating on running for president. So, I’m adamant that he should resign as mayor.”

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Over the weekend, a black man was killed by a white police officer, stirring tensions in the city. Buttigieg returned to South Bend, where angry citizens confronted him at a town hall meeting, shouting him down. When he attempted to join a Black Lives Matter protest, he was again the subject of scorn from protestors.

Meanwhile, the town’s Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is also unhappy with the mayor.

The FOP released a statement that accused Buttigieg of “solely vying for political gain,” and said that his statements in the wake of the shooting “already have and will continue to have detrimental effects on the city’s officers.” The group accused him of focusing solely on one racially charged shooting, while ignoring two others that recently occurred in the town.

Buttigieg has not taken much heat on the national stage. He has taken over the role of upstart Democratic Party primary candidate, which many thought would belong to former Texas State Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.

Despite being gay, he has been criticized in some progressive circles for being a white male, and thus not “diverse” enough to be the Democratic Party’s nominee.


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DESPERATION: Never Trumpers Float Romney/Bloomberg as ‘the Unity Ticket America Deserves’

How pathetic are these guys?

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The “Never Trump” brain trust over at The Bulwark has unveiled their antidote to stop the President they hate so much in this year’s election: a “unity ticket” consisting of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) as a presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his running mate.

Author Neal Simon made the argument that this potential third-party ticket would appeal to independents in an op/ed published on Monday.

“Senator Romney’s entrance into the presidential race wouldn’t just give the vital center of the electorate a home—it would stand a chance to break a system that is stacked against independents and third party candidates,” Simon argued.

He compared Romney’s potential to that of French President Emmanuel Macron, the reviled ruler who has populist Yellow Vest protesters rioting against his unpopular style of governance every weekend.

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“And as Emmanuel Macron showed in France, standing up a new party and winning a presidential election in one motion is not impossible,” Simon wrote.

Simon posited that by putting Bloomberg on his ticket as Vice President, Romney could essentially buy the election, which is what Bloomberg is basically trying to do right now with his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“A Romney-Bloomberg ticket would be a first in modern American politics: A bipartisan unity ticket running under the banner of an independent third party,” he wrote.

Simon’s premise is predicated off of an assumption that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will win the Democrat presidential nomination. He believes that populism taking over the Republican and Democrat parties would open the door for a centrist revolution that could be led by Romney and Bloomberg.

“It would give both disgruntled Republicans who feel their party has become lost in Trump’s personality cult and Democrats who feel their party is lurching too far left towards a socialist revolution a voice on the ballot that reflects a popular idea of how the country should be run,” he concluded.

Simon, who was a failed independent candidate in the state of Maryland for the U.S. Senate in 2018, recently published a book titled, “Contract to Unite America: Ten Reforms to Reclaim Our Republic.” He is using the words of George Washington in his manifesto to defeat the new age of populist politics and return to the days of old.

“Capitalizing on personal insight derived from Simon’s political campaign along with extensive research, Contract to Unite America provides specific, practical solutions for an improved government and a better tomorrow,” Simon’s book description reads.

Unfortunately for Simon and the “Bulwark” neocons, the public has had enough of status quo politicians and does not want to return to the George W. Bush era. The dream ticket of Romney/Bloomberg is not likely to come to fruition.

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