The Hypocrisy of Pete Buttigieg

I don’t typically comment on politics, but when a presidential candidate launches an attack on Christians, to the point where it causes much glee among the atheist activists, I thought I would try to provide some balance.

This issue?

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who’s running for president, condemned what he called the “hypocrisy” of evangelicals and other Christians who support President Donald Trump during a Sunday interview.
[…….]
“It’s something that really frustrates me, because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” Buttigieg said during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
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“Even on the version of Christianity that you hear from the religious right, which is about sexual ethics, I can’t believe that somebody who was caught writing hush-money checks to adult-film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation,” Buttigieg said, referring to the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who has said she had an affair with Trump years ago.

I guess the evangelicals were supposed to vote for Hillary Clinton, as her sense of Christian morality was [cough] obviously so much more superior.

But I’m not sure if the Christian Pete Buttigieg is in the position to self-righteously point his finger and judge others.

For you see, the same Pete Buttigieg

did a summer internship with Sen. Ted Kennedy

Huh? Can you say that again?

He was a summer intern for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy

In fact, Buttigieg has some rather fond memories of his mentor. He wrote:

Then, I had my first experience of the feeling in a room when a very famous person walks in. The energy of the room shifted perceptibly, and I turned to see the arrival of Senator Ted Kennedy, “the Lion of the Senate.” Moving slowly but with a kind of fire in his crisp blue eyes that made him all at the same time seem fierce and warm, he was heralded by the kids yelling, “Uncle Teddy!” as they rushed from Caroline’s side into his enormous embrace.

Feeling at once elevated and humbled, I was suddenly aware of looking like an Indiana hayseed, a schoolboy shaking hands with an icon. I have no recollection of what either of us said, until the end of the conversation, when he offered me an internship the following summer in his Washington office. His voice, full of Boston ah’s, sounded just like that of President Kennedy challenging America to go to the moon and do other great things, “naht because they are easy, but because they ah hahd.” In my mind, listening to the senator speak, I heard the strains of historic presidential leadership.

It felt like I had been handed a ticket to the major leagues.

Why is any of this relevant? It speaks the immense hypocrisy of Pete Buttigieg:

Ted Kennedy: The Senator of Sleaze who was a drunk sexual bully… and left a young woman to die

Would Buttigieg like to make the case that writing hush-money checks to adult-film actresses is worse than leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die a slow, miserable death?

Divers later estimated that if he had called them immediately, they would have had time to pull out Mary Jo. She had not drowned, but had survived in an air pocket inside the car – she was asphyxiated only when the oxygen ran out several hours later.

I think it clear that Buttigieg needs to come down from his moral high horse. When you admire and intern for a drunk sexual bully that left a young woman to die, all because you wanted a “ticket to the major leagues,” you’re are not in a position to judge others for voting for Trump. The stench of your own self-serving hypocrisy undercuts any attempt to paint others as hypocrites.

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8 Responses to The Hypocrisy of Pete Buttigieg

  1. Kevin says:

    To play devil’s advocate, maybe he’s not a hypocrite if he doesn’t hold himself to any standards of behavior but enjoys pointing out discrepancies in others.

    Otherwise, that level of hypocrisy is sufficient justification to ignore him completely.

  2. pennywit says:

    One more thing to put out there:
    Democrats of Buttigieg’s age and younger are very aware the party turned a blind eye toward Bill Clinton in the 1990s. The Democratic Party’s current weird sexual puritanism (see, i.e., the controversy around Joe Biden) is an attempt to compensate for that past.

  3. Kevin says:

    The Democratic Party’s current weird sexual puritanism (see, i.e., the controversy around Joe Biden) is an attempt to compensate for that past.

    If you slightly reworded it to “The Democratic Party’s current weird sexual puritanism is pandering to left-wing nutjobs in a hypocritical bid for votes from the gullible and clueless”, then I would certainly agree!

    At least of the ones I know, almost the entirety of people busted from “me too” cases have been progressives who trumpet the evils of sexual harassment.

  4. stcordova says:

    What he did was hypocrisy and a publicity stunt. Disgusting. Why doesn’t he go after muslims who kill gays? Why Pence. Pence has never said an unkind word to Pete.
    Reminds me of the women’s movement recruiting Muslim terrorists who advocate Sharia law oppression against women.

  5. Talon says:

    https://www.history.com/news/ted-kennedy-chappaquiddick-incident-what-really-happened-facts

    Interesting that you use a sensationalist British tabloid to portray Ted Kennedy’s involvement in Chappaquidick, rather than say a History channel article… Another point – Kennedy had shown remorse and regret for his actions after the crash and sympathy for Kopechne and her family, “In True Compass, a memoir published after his death, Kennedy wrote that his actions the night of the accident were “inexcusable,” and that he “made terrible decisions.” and “Finally, Kennedy wrote that “my burden is nothing compared to [Kopechne’s] loss and the suffering her family had to endure. She also didn’t deserve to be linked to me in a romantic way. She deserved better than that.” Kennedy plead guilty to the legal charges filed against him.

    By contrast, there is little evidence Donald Trump feels much remorse for much of anything he’s put his past wives and Melania through, when asked during his campaign, he said he never “felt the need to ask God for forgiveness” and he “doesn’t bring God into that picture”. Melania Trump says “he’s apologized” for the resulting media coverage of Stormy Daniels but has he apologized for creating the issue in the first place? If Trump and Cohen hadn’t been trying to hide the payoffs to Daniels and MacDougal would the scandal have lasted as long as it has? Trump was an adulterer by reputation before he ran for office so no surprise he might have a few porn stars in his closet but his repeated denials since suggest he won’t own up to his part in the debacle and hoped to toss Cohen under the bus for the Campaign Law violations, for which Cohen and tabloid owner David Pecker were investigated and Trump remains an unindicted co-conspirator known as “Individual-1”.

  6. stcordova says:

    Ted Kennedy, would he sell votes for sex? From Time Magazine: ” Kennedy was allegedly discovered by a restaurant waitress having sex with a female lobbyist on the floor of a private dining room. The check showed they had ordered two bottles of chardonnay for lunch.”

  7. Michael says:

    Talon,

    Let’s pick out the relevant parts of your history channel article

    Kennedy later claimed he dove repeatedly “into the strong and murky current” to try and find Kopechne before making his way back to the cottage. He then drove back to the scene with his cousin, Joseph Gargan, and aide Paul Markham, who both tried in vain to reach Kopechne. But rather than report the accident to the police at that time, Kennedy returned to his hotel in Edgartown. As a result, Mary Jo Kopechne remained underwater for some nine hours until her body was recovered the next morning.

    Why didn’t Ted Kennedy go to prison?

    To charge Kennedy with involuntary manslaughter, the police would have had to establish that he did something illegal, like speeding or driving under the influence. But Kennedy didn’t contact local police until 10 a.m. on the morning of July 19, after Kopechne’s body had been found in his submerged car in Poucha Pond.

    Therefore, police were unable to test Kennedy’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident, and they had no other evidence of illegal activity.

    The fact that he did not report this to the police until 10 am the next morning is what is so disturbing and strange. He left that young woman in the water as he went back to his hotel to sleep it off.

    Look, it’s pretty clear the boozer was driving drunk after the party, got disorienteded, drove into the water, and then cowardly ran from the scene of the accident. Whether he truly went back with his cousin and aide, who knows? The fact remains that he did not report to first responders until 10 am the next morning. Why? Wouldn’t want police testing his blood alcohol levels, now would we?

    As for the later remorseful act, that’s what politicians do to stay in power.

    Again, if Buttigieg is going to judge Christians who merely voted for Trump as hyprocrites, the argument much more strongly applies to him – Buttigieg actually interned for a boozer who got a young, innocent women killed. A boozer who left a women in need to die. And Buttigieg even admired the womanizing boozer. So before Buttigieg gets to judge, he first needs to at least publicly apologize for interning for Kennedy.

  8. Dhay says:

    I have long observed that you should always look to see what they are trying to distract you from: when politicians emphasise the details of their policies you will generally find that the principles are unsatisfactory; when they emphasise the principles of their policies you will generally find that how the proposed implementation (the details) is unsatisfactory.

    PZ Myers suggests an extension of the rule:

    I look at the swarm of Democrats that are buzzing around during this premature election cycle, and I’m just tired. All I want is sound policy and coherence at this point. So I detest the young, brash ones like Mayor Pete who has no policy and openly says he’s avoiding it because he’s all about “values” …

    https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/04/23/american-politics-has-become-a-sham/

    When politicians emphasise their values they don’t even have policies.

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