Pete Buttigieg slammed for 2010 appearance at a tea party event

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Pete Buttigieg is being dragged on social media for speaking to a Tea Party group when he was running for Indiana treasurer in 2010, with some saying it should disqualify him from the Democratic presidential nomination.

A clip being circulated on Twitter shows Buttigieg, who later became mayor of South Bend and then came out as gay, telling the Tea Party attendees, “There are some ... who think that the Tea Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party. But there are many others who believe that the Tea Party is motivated by real concerns about the direction of our government and the responsiveness of our government to citizens — and above all, a frustration with business as usual. That is what motivated me to run.” He also notes, “We may come from often very different perspectives.”

While the movement was ostensibly concerned with taxes and government efficiency, many of its adherents voiced racist and anti-Muslim sentiments toward Obama (who is not Muslim, although of course that would not be the negative characteristic that his critics made it out to be). Buttigieg has experienced problems connecting with Black voters, and some see his appearance at a Tea Party event as another strike against him on that count.

As Pete makes clear in the footage, he ‘comes from a very different perspective’ and doesn’t share anything close to the view of the Tea Party, before acknowledging the frustrations many people felt about government being run as business as usual.

 
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Pete Buttigieg is being dragged on social media for speaking to a Tea Party group when he was running for Indiana treasurer in 2010, with some saying it should disqualify him from the Democratic presidential nomination.

A clip being circulated on Twitter shows Buttigieg, who later became mayor of South Bend and then came out as gay, telling the Tea Party attendees, “There are some ... who think that the Tea Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party. But there are many others who believe that the Tea Party is motivated by real concerns about the direction of our government and the responsiveness of our government to citizens — and above all, a frustration with business as usual. That is what motivated me to run.” He also notes, “We may come from often very different perspectives.”

While the movement was ostensibly concerned with taxes and government efficiency, many of its adherents voiced racist and anti-Muslim sentiments toward Obama (who is not Muslim, although of course that would not be the negative characteristic that his critics made it out to be). Buttigieg has experienced problems connecting with Black voters, and some see his appearance at a Tea Party event as another strike against him on that count.

As Pete makes clear in the footage, he ‘comes from a very different perspective’ and doesn’t share anything close to the view of the Tea Party, before acknowledging the frustrations many people felt about government being run as business as usual.

Maybe his positions "evolved".

Like Obama and Hillary who were both against gay marriage until they were for it.
 
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I think this wont matter to those who appreciate his "both sides need to come together" argument. But the purists will take issue with this if social media is any indicator.
 
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I think this wont matter to those who appreciate his "both sides need to come together" argument. But the purists will take issue with this if social media is any indicator.
It is THE indicator nowadays. You're right.

There are some posters here and people on the internet who actually believe you need to 100% perfect all day every day.
 
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I think this wont matter to those who appreciate his "both sides need to come together" argument. But the purists will take issue with this if social media is any indicator.
That argument sounds very much like Trump explaining how there are very fine people on both sides.