South Bend mayor says this is the only issue that nearly ended this country amid controversy over Trumps racist remarks
White supremacy” is likely to be the lurking issue that objective this country”, Democratic presidential nominee Pete Buttigieg has said. He added:” The entire American experiment is at stake .”
The mayor of South Bend, Indiana made the stark comments to ABC News, in the midst of boiling national controversy over Donald Trump’s racist statements about four Democratic congresswomen.
” That is the only issue that virtually aimed home countries ,” Buttigieg said.” We’ve had a lot challenges in this country, but the one that actually almost ended this country in the civil war was white supremacy.
” It is likely to be the lurking issue that ends this country in the future, if we don’t wrangle it down in our time .”
Since running for office in 2015, Trump has both failed to convincingly disavow support from the far right and expressed racist views. Most notoriously, when white supremacists rallied to defend a statue of Confederate general Robert Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 and a counter-protester was killed, the president insisted there were” very fine people on both sides “.
On Sunday the president returned to the offensive against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, resulting progressive voices in the House, all of whom are from ethnic minorities.
Trump said last week the congresswomen should” go back” to the” places from which they came here “. Only Omar was not bear in the US. At a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday the Minnesota representative was the subject of a chant of” send her back” which the president and his allies have failed to fully disown.
Trump claims to have quieted the chant. He did not.
Buttigieg was one of a host of prominent legislators to defend the congresswomen in an incident which united the Democratic party. Some Republican have remained silent, some have mildly criticised the president and some have supported him outright.
Buttigieg has, however, had his own problems on race, concerning the shooting of an African American human by a white police officer in South Bend last month. As the incident brought national attention to the 37 -year-old mayor’s record in office, he left the campaign trail to meet relatives and protesters.
Buttigieg told ABC:” The key to dealing with racial discussions in their respective countries is honesty. And that entails honesty about how we got here. It entails integrity about what we are up against.
” Also, in my view, it entails treating racial inequality as a specialty issue, as an issue to be talked about with audiences of color only- but as something that frankly white Americans need to take more seriously.
” The entire American experiment is at stake in whether we can manage to deliver prosperity in a way that your race has no bearing on your income, your wealth, your employment opportunities, your experience with criminal justice[ and] your ability to vote .”
He added:” We’re just not there and we won’t get there until we acknowledge that replacing a racist historical structure with a more neutral current one is not enough .”
Buttigieg is an Oxford graduate and Afghanistan veteran who would be both the first openly gay chairman and the youngest ever.
He surged in polls after announcing his candidacy in April and currently places fifth on the realclearpolitics.com national polling average, behind Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and the frontrunner, Joe Biden.
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