Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., went after Americans who support secure borders and sane immigration policies, charging that those who support President Trump’s hard-line stance on the issue also support “racism.”
But then, the remarkable thing is not so much that Buttigieg attacked Trump voters, that’s been a standard in the Democratic Party for some time now.
What was remarkable is that, after all of his previous sparring with President Trump and the clear bias Jorge Ramos had displayed again and again, ABC News had him on that stage as an alleged neutral moderator.
And the pro-open borders journalist lived down to the expectations, offering up this loaded question to Buttigieg — never mind that Ramos took Trump’s words entirely out of context.
“President Trump has called Mexican immigrants rapists and killers, tried to ban Muslims from entering the country, and separate children from their parents,” Ramos said. “His supporters have chanted, ‘build the wall’ and ‘send them back.’ Do you think that people who support President Trump and his immigration policies are racist?”
“Anyone who supports this is supporting racism,” Buttigieg replied, without missing a beat — you’d almost think the two had rehearsed the exchange.
Proving he can pander with the best of them, the candidate repeated the assertion in Spanish.
“The only people who actually buy into this president’s hateful rhetoric around immigrants are people who don’t know any,” he continued. “We have an opportunity to build an American majority around immigration reform.”
Stopping short of saying it outright, Buttigieg appeared to be speaking about white people as he intentionally conflated illegal immigration with immigration.
This is not a new line of attack for Buttigieg, who has called Trump a white nationalist, as he said something similar last month during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The presidential hopeful was asked if it’s a “racist act” to vote for him in 2020.
“Well, at best, it means looking the other way on racism,” Buttigieg responded. “But, I think, a lot of people are wondering what kind of deal even that is supposed to be.”
As for Ramos, he called on journalists to cast “neutrality” aside in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election saying “we’ll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump.”
“[N]eutrality is not an option,” Ramos wrote in an editorial.
He declared in December 2017 that President Trump “wants to make America white again.”
And there was the heated incident in August 2016 when Trump threw Ramos out of his press conference in Dubuque, Iowa, open border enthusiast began speaking out of turn.
“Go back to Univision,” an agitated Trump told the journalist when he refused to sit down — Ramos would then be escorted out of the room by security.
Yet, ABC News puts him on the debate stage Thursday night? Even worse, Trump will be expected to participate in a debate on the network against the eventual Democratic nominee.
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