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Mayor Pete and the cult of no personality

The former South Bend mayor is now a former presidential candidate

March 1, 2020

6:51 PM

1 March 2020

6:51 PM

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg is dropping out of the Democratic primary ahead of Super Tuesday, according to Politico.

The 38-year-old had a sorry showing in the South Carolina primary yesterday, a state which allocates more delegates than the previous three.

Buttigieg’s failed campaign was, like Kamala Harris’s, punctuated by flip-flopping. First he was for Medicare-for-All, then he wasn’t. He wasn’t going to address AIPAC, then he was. With members of the vocal Democratic fringes, he never shook the image of a candidate who’d been 3D-printed by billionaire boosters in the hopes of blandly coasting to the nomination on a wash of Obama-light platitudes.


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President Donald Trump weighed in on the news, as he often does, on Twitter, praising Buttigieg’s ‘good timing’.

‘Pete Buttigieg is OUT. All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play – NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!’ Trump said.

The man dubbed ‘Mayo Pete’ by teens on TikTok did perform well in Iowa and New Hampshire, but his numbers dwindled as the race headed to more diverse states. Pete’s followers, a fiercely dedicated cult of no personality, can now fall in line behind Biden or Bloomberg in the veteran’s last mission: taking out a 78-year-old socialist.

Now that his election prospects have been boot-edge-edged, he leaves us only with an arm-flailing dance that will soon fade from memory.


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