Super-hip Democrat presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg reportedly fell flat on his face this week after a high-profile rapper rejected a proposal that the two sing together.
On Thursday, BuzzFeed held a highly publicized “Internet Live” variety show. One of the guests who’d been scheduled to appear was Buttigieg. Another was Lil Nas X, a rapper who blew up in fame after his country rap single “Old Town Road” went mega-viral earlier this year:
But the South Bend, Indiana mayor wound up pulling a no-show after Lil Nas X rejected a proposal calling for him, Buttigieg, to recite the lyrics to the rapper’s hit song “in some form of a collaboration with” him, according to The Daily Beast.
“The singer was not opposed to Buttigieg personally, sources said, but instead told BuzzFeed News that he did not want to be seen as endorsing a particular candidate in the race,” the left-wing outlet reported. “As a result, the sources said, the idea was dropped and Buttigieg did not participate in the event.”
What remains unclear is who proposed the idea. While The Daily Beast claims the idea was “pitched” to Buttigieg by BuzzFeed, that itself doesn’t explain his decision to not show up.
The mayor has reportedly declined to comment on his no-show. In fact, the only time that Buttigieg has ever said anything about Lil Nas X was after the rapper came out as gay at the start of this month:
.@LilNasX has gone from viral sensation to groundbreaking musician. As a fan, I’m thrilled and inspired to see him standing in his truth as a member of the LGBTQ community. Welcome to the family! #pride https://t.co/H81iXxCII6
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) July 3, 2019
This is of importance because it speaks to the openly gay 2020 contender’s obsession with his sexuality and constant pandering to various communities, including the LGBT community and the black community.
During a Showtime special last month, he literally drank brown-paper-bag-covered malt liquor in public with the homies. No joke:
Now flash back to April, when he spoke at notorious race hustler Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s 2019 conference, first telling a crowd of black voters that he’d support launching a study of reparations and then proudly boasting the words “Black Lives Matter.”
Granted, this pandering did him little good after a black suspect was fatally shot by local officers in South Bend last month. During a brief trip to his hometown later in the month to calm tensions, the 2020 contender was maligned as a “racist” by local “Black Lives Matter” activists for not firing the cops involved in the shooting.
“Can you say it to us today in front of all these cameras that black lives matter?” the activists yelled.
“Did you just ask me if black lives matter?” the mayor replied with indignation.
“Yes, we want to hear you say it!” the crowd exclaimed.
“Of course black lives matter,” Buttgieg said.
And that’s when it really got rough.
Activist one: “Then fire your cops!”
Activist two: “Are you a racist!?”
Activist three: “What matters about a black life to you, Mayor Pete!?”
Because of Buttigieg’s history of pandering, some feel as if he’d just been trying to exploit Lil Nas X to pander some more – particularly to the LGBT and black communities.
And the fact that he pulled a no-show after the rapper rejected the proposed collaboration certainly seems to suggest that, according to the mayor’s critics on social media.
Look (*LANGUAGE WARNING):
This is an attempt at the modern day equivalent of Bill Clinton playing his saxophone. It was gonna show his “soulful” side to the brown folks.
So sad. Hey Pete, try some concealed lift shoes to pander to the average male height of 5’9″!
— Review.Revolt.Repair (@ReviewRevolt) July 27, 2019
@PeteButtigieg might as well just drop out of #DemocraticDebate2020 if his thin skin can’t take being told no from @LilNasX what will he do to #BlackActivists that try to hold him accountable as President or as a candidate?
— #AmericanPrankster (@FourTwentyWill) July 27, 2019
@PeteButtigieg guess your #tempertantrum over @LilNasX backfired? Maybe if you were a real #Progressive and not some #BlueDog you might have some better support. I liked you until I saw your record and heard you talk about issues. #FeelTheBern #BernieSanders2020
— #AmericanPrankster (@FourTwentyWill) July 27, 2019
Good on you @LilNasX, @PeteButtigieg is nothing but a charlatan. https://t.co/FCWBkww2HU
— Miguel Quiroz II (@MiguelQuirozII) July 26, 2019
.@PeteButtigieg doesn’t listen to @LilNasX. I guarantee you he doesn’t. He’s just pandering to his fan base. https://t.co/ueQIayJ7PL
— Liam Giancana (@realLiamGiancan) July 27, 2019
i liked pete buttigieg until this point. nigga really tried to hop on a old town road remix that is some pandering ass shit yo
— juannick (@elDon_Yannick) July 27, 2019
Bless it, bless it…
He still could have participated in the event. Dropping out shows you were pandering. #Buttigieg https://t.co/gm6TkX2sr4
— Nanette (@NanettesZone) July 26, 2019
Lmaooo Buttigieg trying to do a collab on a new Old Town Road is peak 2019 pandering https://t.co/DRrVecjzIr
— Alec Sears (@SearsAl) July 27, 2019
Despite Buttigieg’s no-show, the “Internet Live” event wasn’t entirely devoid of politics. Fellow 2020 contender Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, reportedly appeared at the event to participate in an interview and challenge President Donald Trump to a debate.
“I challenge you, Donald Trump, to come to New York City, and I will debate you about what’s right for New York City,” he said, adding that “BuzzFeed will host it.”
“[Trump] doesn’t understand New York City. And when his presidency is over, really soon, he will not be welcome back.”
NYC mayor @BilldeBlasio challenges @realDonaldTrump to debate about New York City with him at @BuzzFeed’s first “Internet Live” variety show. pic.twitter.com/Q4B9QPnCyO
— Global Analytica (@AnalyticaGlobal) July 26, 2019
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