Campaigning in South Carolina on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday’s Democrat debate, the South Bend mayor was was filmed accusing “anyone who supported this president” of either being racist or unacceptably tolerant of it.
BUTTIGIEG: “Anyone who supported this President is at best looking the other way on racism, at best.” pic.twitter.com/6NbCxBwC4X
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 3, 2019
Accusing Trump of racism has been an article of faith among the Democrats for years, and asking for evidence is a surefire way to get branded a racist oneself. Just two months prior to the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton famously declared half of Trump’s supporters as an irredeemable “basket of deplorables… racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic you name it.”
Democrats have mostly reacted to Buttigieg’s remark by calling it a true fact, or quibbling about semantics – saying that “looking the other way, at best” isn’t quite calling people racist outright.