South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg compared supporters of President Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at a New Hampshire campaign stop Friday, citing economic difficulties as the political driver of both groups.
“I think the sense of anger and disaffection that comes from seeing that the numbers are fine, like unemployment’s low, like all that, like you said GDP is growing and yet a lot of neighborhoods and families are living like this recovery never even happened. They’re stuck,” Buttigieg told high school students in Nashua, according to the Washington Examiner. “It just kind of turns you against the system in general and then you’re more likely to want to vote to blow up the system, which could lead you to somebody like Bernie and it could lead you to somebody like Trump. That’s how we got where we are.”
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), the Sanders campaign co-chair, called Buttigieg’s jab “intellectually dishonest.”
Come on @PeteButtigieg. It is intellectually dishonest to compare Bernie to Trump. Bernie is for giving people healthcare, education, childcare, & more pay. He wants to blow up credentialed elitism — those who reject tuition free college for all. https://t.co/WmliyE8uDe
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) April 22, 2019