by Jeff Taylor
Last night’s debate in South Carolina saw the Democratic candidates face-off yet again, this time with their last opportunity to make their case to the American public before not only that state’s primary but also the Super Tuesday states.
Bernie Sanders came under heavy fire, as expected due to his front-runner status, but one of Pete Buttigieg’s criticisms against him, knocking “revolutionary politics,” might have done him more harm than it did his intended target.
“I am not looking forward to a scenario where it comes down to Tweety McTreason with his nostalgia for the social order of the 1950s, and Bernie Sanders with a nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of the 1960s,” Buttigieg said, regarding what it might look like if Sanders won the nomination.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 26, 2020
Among the many pivotal and important civil rights fights in the 1960s was the LGBTQ rights movement, with the Stonewall Riots, which took place in 1969 and which were preceded by a number of other actions across the country, credited with kicking-off the modern day LGBTQ rights movement.
Buttigieg has been criticized by some in the LGBTQ community for embracing more moderate policies than some of his opponents for the nomination, as well as standing against boycotting Chick-fil-A for its anti-LGBTQ donations, his campaign cancelling an event at a gay bar over the presence of stripper poles, and campaigning at a Salvation Army shelter, which has a troubling history with the community that it has in recent years worked to repair.
His debate remark critical of radical political movements, which was also tweeted and deleted from his account, has added another point of contention for those who say he is discounting the very politics that helped get him to this stage in the presidential race in the first place.
Twitter let him have it:
STONEWALL – 1969 pic.twitter.com/bNNesJeLLS
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) February 26, 2020
Hearing the first gay presidential candidate condemn the “revolutionary politics of the 1960s” is uhhhhhhh something pic.twitter.com/YdouVzxq4M
— Gillian Branstetter (@GBBranstetter) February 26, 2020
Pete Buttigieg wouldn’t be able to run for president as an openly gay man but for the “revolutionary politics of the 60s.”
— Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (@CDRosa) February 26, 2020
pete buttigieg called the first cops at stonewall pic.twitter.com/1ajvgmqEDn
— alex (@alex_abads) February 26, 2020
From my perspective, Buttigieg has defended Chick-fil-A, defended the Salvation Army, devalued queer media, and now dismissed the importance of Stonewall. I’m not mad about “how gay” he is; I’m angry because of how much he’s shit on so much of my work and advocacy.
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) February 26, 2020
Literally gay liberation grew directly from the “revolutionary politics of the 60s.” @PeteButtigieg is able to stand on that stage because of revolutionary queers. #NotMeUs #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/aHk2HGYAZi
— Clark Feels The Bern (@Clarknt67) February 26, 2020
— Simeon Huff (@SimeonHuff) February 26, 2020
Hey Pete — are “the revolutionary politics of the 1960s” as expressed at Stonewall relevant to today?#DemDebate2020
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 26, 2020
Pete has said “we cannot solve the problems before us by looking back.” But his debate comment made clear he NEEDS to look backward and learn some LGBTQ2IA history before he condemns movements that advanced our fight for liberation.#DemDebate #QueersAgainstPete pic.twitter.com/4eJZEAm0aV
— Queers Against Pete (@QueersAgnstPete) February 26, 2020
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