Mayor Pete Goes On Fox News
Mayor Pete Goes On Fox News
After Bernie Sanders set the trend, Democrat primary hopefuls have begun to appear on Fox News town halls. Enter Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who doth protest quite loudly that Fox News is just terrible, but he needs the exposure.
Mayor Pete out with a lengthy explanation for why he’s doing a Fox News town hall pic.twitter.com/VtX57kYNcb
— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 18, 2019
No Elizabeth Warren stunts for Mayor Pete; he wants the viewers. Even if he has to interact with icky Fox News hosts.
There’s no denying that the mayor presents himself well, even though he sticks to his signature “look” of white oxford shirt and tie, and no jacket, while in front of crowds. But it’s been noticed that the other signature “look” of Pete Buttigieg – passing himself off as a “moderate” – has fallen by the wayside as Joe Biden makes the attempt to corner that market. So, how does Mayor Pete distinguish himself from every other hard left candidate in this race, other than through his intersectional cred as a married gay man?
Let’s see what the man has to say for himself, and if his stated policy positions in this town hall are going to be left enough for the millennial Democrats.
First of all, Mayor Pete says he will raise taxes.
On fiscal policy, Buttigieg pushed for four distinct tax hikes when asked about the deficit, saying he favored a “fairer, which means higher” marginal income tax, a “reasonable” wealth tax “or something like that,” a financial transactions tax, and closing “corporate tax loopholes.”
“You don’t blow a hole in the budget with an unnecessary and unaffordable tax cut for the very wealthiest,” Buttigieg told Wallace, referring to President Trump’s tax legislation.”
“Read my lips: all the taxes” is a bold way to start off. The hard left will love that, especially with the media having done the heavy lifting convincing people that they didn’t get much of a tax cut from Donald Trump, despite the numbers.
Second, the mayor is just as radical on abortion policy as the hard left would want.
Responding to the newly passed pro-life legislation passed in Alabama, as well as similar bills making their way through other state legislatures, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana told Wallace that “abortion is a national right.”
Asked about third-trimester abortions, Buttigieg asserted that such cases were rare and typically involved an unforeseen circumstance, before refusing to endorse any restrictions whatsoever on late-term abortions. Government statistics indicate that in 2015, approximately 1.3 percent of abortions were performed after 20 weeks.”
“I trust women to draw the line,” Buttigieg said. “That decision [to have an abortion] is not going to be made any better, medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 19, 2019
“Safe, legal, and rare” is long, long gone as a mantra for the left. The new mantra is apparently “now, right now, and free.” The number of pro-life Democrats is dwindling because few dare raise their voices to counter the manic ghouls of the left. Mayor Pete fits right in, despite that as science progresses and the window of viability widens, Americans are less and less supportive of late-term abortions.
Third, Mayor Pete is gonna play up his imaginary battle with Mike Pence for all it’s worth. He snarked on Pence yet again, calling Indiana not the most “pro-equality” state because of Mike Pence, as he described his “coming out” to voters during an election year.
Pete Buttigieg, asked if America is ready for a gay president, says: "Anybody can make their way to the right side of history if you just remind them that we're all people." Follow along with our live chat here: https://t.co/RIKwjSmoni pic.twitter.com/ImllXf0BFU
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) May 19, 2019
News flash, Mayor Pete – the vice-president doesn’t care about your marriage. And the reason that Buttigieg is picking on Pence and not Trump in this case is because, well, the mayor knows he has no leg to stand on with Trump here.
But the left despises Pence, and loves the idea of a “feud,” even if that “feud” is entirely in Mayor Pete’s head.
A cursory exam of all of Mayor Pete’s current policy platform positions place him firmly in the hard left category. He once said something rational about Chick-fil-A and that was enough to dub him a “moderate.” He’s not. Mayor Pete is simply the younger gay version of Bernie Sanders without the Soviet stench. In a grab bag of leftist candidates, does he stand out enough to take Biden on? We shall see.
Featured image: Mayor Pete Buttigieg on his Fox News town hall, screenshot via Fox News on YouTube