South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a few standards to meet before he gets the support of the co-hosts of “The View.”
Laying out some harsh criticism for the 2020 Democratic presidential contender, the women suggested the “green” candidate should clean up his own backyard before taking on a White House bid.
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The Indiana mayor faced protesters and critics at a town hall event Sunday, confronted by those upset with how he has handled issues like that of his firing of the city’s first African-American police chief and last week’s fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer.
The CNN town hall “didn’t do much to ease any of the tensions,” after the shooting which prompted Buttigieg to temporarily suspend his campaigning, Whoopi Goldberg noted on ABC’s “The View” Monday.
“So his intentions are good but are people looking for more than another town hall?” Goldberg asked.
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“I love Mayor Pete very much,” co-host Joy Behar noted before suggesting that he, along with other local officials should mind their own jurisdictions and focus on needs of their local constituents instead of running for president.
“Mayors and governors should keep doing their jobs,” Behar said, suggesting Buttigieg should “fix what’s going on in South Bend” before seeking the White House.
“To leave South Bend now and run for president seems like an unfinished job,” she added. “Do your job there and then run for president.”
“He has a problem with the African-American community in South Bend which is 30 percent of the community. That’s significant,” co-host Sunny Hostin, who attended law school in South Bend, said.
Citing conversations she has reportedly had with alumni of the law school she attended and members of the city’s African-American community, Hostin referred to the mayor’s supposed “revolutionary” housing program which ended up displacing many members of that community.
Goldberg pointed to the the mayor’s record and how he poorly handled a confrontation with protesters over the weekend.
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“It just kind of shows that he’s a little more than a little green around the edges,” Goldberg said, suggesting the Democrat learns how to speak to voters and address concerns properly if he wants to run for president.
Behar attempted to note some of his accomplishments as mayor but the consensus was the same on his performance as a presidential candidate.
“You have to feel this community’s pain, that you’re representing,” Meghan McCain said. “I think he did a really piss-poor job of listening to those people in that town hall.”
“He needed to have empathy, and even if you’re not feeling it, go for the Oscar,” Goldberg interjected, getting a round of applause from the audience. “Not fake sincerity, because I don’t understand a lot of stuff that I hear, but I can read when somebody needs me. I can read when people are upset. ”
Behar noted that the co-hosts should ask the mayor when he is scheduled to appear on the show Friday what he meant in an exchange with one black woman who confronted him.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg: “I do not have evidence that there has been discipline for racist behavior…”
Protester: “You running for president and you expect black people to vote for you?”
Buttigieg: “I’m not asking for your vote.”
Protester: “You ain’t gonna get it either.” pic.twitter.com/tK1Ys0Yvfc
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 22, 2019
“There are a lot of other candidates running who are really good at this,” McCain added, seeming to put another nail in the coffin on the co-host’s support for the openly gay Democrat, noting that Buttigieg’s town hall is only the beginning of what will surely become harder events.
“People are going to come at him much harder,” Goldberg agreed.
Behar threw some shade at former Vice President Joe Biden at one point, noting how the criticism against Buttigieg is that he doesn’t have enough experience.
“Look at Biden: he has experience,” she said. “He’s always putting his foot in his mouth anyway.”