Gay-War Veteran Buttigieg might be Trump’s Biggest Opponent
After hours of delay from what President Donald Trump claimed as a “train wreck,” the Iowa Caucus had announced that gay-war veteran Pete Buttigieg topped the votes.
The latest reports show that 71% of precincts have reported on Wednesday. The Iowa presidential primary election results show that Buttigieg was in lead with 26.8% of the state delegates. Bernie Sanders came in second with 25.2% of votes, followed by Elizabeth Warren with an 18.4%. Unfortunately, Biden tried to grasp the last straws with a slim 15.5%, the minimum threshold for a candidate to proceed to New Hampshire. Biden’s results could change once the remaining precincts have handed their results.
What makes the Iowa caucus significant is that it might play a massive role in launching the presidential nominee and set the tone for the entire electoral campaign. Just as what had happened to previous campaigns in the likes of Jimmy Carter and Barrack Obama.
Buttigieg is also fully aware of the impact of Iowa Caucus. In his victory speech, the former South Bend, Indiana Mayor became emotional, as he claimed to be the first openly gay top tier candidate from a major American political party. “This validates the idea that we can have a message, the same message, connect in urban and rural and suburban communities, that we can reach out to Democrats, and to independents, and even to some future former Republicans, ready to bring change to this country,” Buttigieg said.
Buttigieg’s voice cracked, “This validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs or she belongs or they belong in their own family, that if you believe in yourself and your country, there is a lot backing up the belief,” as one of his major plans is to push for LGBTQ rights.
So who is Pete Buttigieg and what is President Trump up against?
The President’s current opponent is the youngest and first openly gay candidate to go for a major campaign presidency. He had also married Chasten Glezman, a school teacher in Michigan, who had helped the former mayor to raise funds across the country.
However, while Buttigieg might have outshined his long-established rivals in the likes of former Vice President Joe Biden, Buttigieg remains largely inexperienced. His journey was a quick route the from the city hall to the White House. Some even claimed that his city’s rapid progress was just a “hype.” In addition, the thing that might make Buttigieg unique can also be his downfall. In fact, despite claiming that they belong to the liberal spectrum, Democrats disliked openly gay presidential candidates.
Numbers show that voters find gay presidential candidates less appealing. In fact, 32% of Americans and 23% of Democratic voters did not want a gay candidate. Plus, in terms of racial voters, Buttigieg might not win the support of the African-American communities after he had demoted South Bend’s first African-American police chief.
While Buttigieg’s team might still be enjoying the jubilant atmosphere, people have massive doubts over the legitimacy of the results and are still questioning conspiracy theories, especially after top-notch Democratic supporters like Barack Obama were rumored to step in to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning as a Democratic candidate.
Even Trump claimed that the caucus was rigged, and speculations of corruption had even emerged after chaos descended into the party. As Eric Trump tweeted “Mark my words, they are rigging this thing… what a mess. This is why people don’t want the #Dems running our county. #meltdown.”
In a statement, the Iowa National Committee claimed that the delay was due to some “app failure”, as the Committee wrote “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results, in addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report. This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.”