Why Pete Buttigieg can’t stop pandering, groveling – Washington Examiner
If there’s one thing South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg knows how to do, it’s how to apologize to black people if he thinks it will win him more than the -1% of them he’s currently polling with.
At Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate, CNN’s Don Lemon asked Buttigieg how he might “convince” blacks that he should be the party’s nominee, given that his city has an ongoing controversy over a white police officer who recently shot dead a black man.
Buttigieg prattled on about “systemic racism” in hospitals and businesses and did his best to feel the pain. He said that the “racial divide lives within me.”
Here’s the truth that Buttigieg can’t bring himself to tell the voters who he apparently doesn’t trust to handle it: Nobody knows what happened between the white cop and the black guy who was shot.
Back in June, Sgt. Ryan O’Neill responded to a call about a potential car robbery in a South Bend-area parking lot. When he arrived, he was met by 54-year-old Eric Logan, who O’Neill says wielded an eight-inch knife. O’Neill fired two shots, one of which killed Logan. O’Neill’s body camera was not on to capture the incident and a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate the incident.
That’s it. That’s everything we know about what happened that night in June, at least until and if the special prosecutor is able to divulge new information.
Why is Buttigieg groveling? As detailed in my forthcoming book Privileged Victims: How America’s Culture Fascists Hijacked the Country and Elevated Its Worst People, it’s the obligatory bow to the social justice movement, which now dominates the Democratic Party.
Buttigieg can’t help but kneel at the altar of grievance, particularly on race issues, while he scrambles to find at least one black person to vote for him in the primary.
When Buttigieg decided to run for the nomination, he must have known he’d have to make amends for having ever uttered the ultimate blaspheme against social justice when it comes to race.
During his state of the city address in 2015, Buttigieg had rationally said that “there is no contradiction” in acknowledging the risk police take in overseeing their communities and likewise grating that perhaps there are some racial biases that need to be smoothed out of select law enforcement bureaus. “We need to take both those things seriously, for the simple and profound reason that all lives matter,” Buttigieg had said in his address.
Buttigieg disavowed the obscenity when he spoke at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in April 2019. He said that he didn’t “understand” when he said it that the “all lives matter” phrase “was coming to be viewed as a sort of counter-slogan to Black Lives Matter.”
“Coming to be viewed” by who, exactly? Donald Trump routinely said “all lives matter” during the 2016 campaign. He won the election. That’s how you know Buttigieg’s apology was contrived and served as nothing more than an acknowledgment of the vice grip that social justice has over the Democratic Party.
Likewise, Buttigieg has apologized for firing the chief of his police department shortly after he was elected in to office. The chief had been secretly recording the private office phone calls of his staff and then he was accused of blackmailing them with the content of the calls. Buttigieg nonetheless said it was his “first serious mistake” in office. How on earth is that a mistake?
Ah, but that’s how social justice works. That’s how the Democratic Party works. And that’s why Buttigieg is groveling, begging for mercy over one incident we still almost know nothing about, and another where he was almost certainly in the right.