Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has officially declared his intention to run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election.
He is the first openly gay man in American history to run for the nation’s highest office.
But apparently, this—and more—will send voters running to vote for President Donald Trump in the next election cycle, according to Chandelle Summer, a conservative contributor to MSNBC who believes Buttigieg is “so far from the norm” as to hand the president a victory:
“He will be the first Maltese-American and Episcopalian gay, millennial war veteran ever to have reached for the presidency.
He is so far from the norm when it comes to political candidates that I think that voters will flock in droves to Donald Trump as a candidate just because they will find this so unusual and frightening.”
You can watch the segment below:
Danielle Moodie-Mills, the host of the SiriusXM Progress show “WokeAF,” pushed back against Summer’s assessment:
“Sounds like a lot of really interesting things that make up a part of the American fabric, a war veteran, somebody who’s Christian, somebody who lives in Middle America, can speak to Middle America, young, a millennial. I don’t see how that’s terrifying.”
So I'm watching MSNBC to see Pete announce his candidacy. This lady, Chandelle Summer just said she thinks America will vote in droves for Trump bc they will be scared of #PeteButtigieg
I will do everything I can to make sure that is not the country I live in.
— Rebecca (@RebeccaM00N) April 14, 2019
"Conservative radio talk-show host Chandelle Summer" thinks an intelligent, well-spoken, moderate, and loving person is "unusual and frightening".
Sounds about right for the GOP.
— Tom (@satya_or_bust) April 15, 2019
Despite what she may wrongly or stupidly believe, despicable Chandelle Summer is totally incompetent, completely irrelevant and a highly toxic substance that should be avoided at any cost. Just ignore the filth https://t.co/m2QCIpjLlC
— Joel Tiphonnet (@JTiphonnet) April 16, 2019
And yet Chandelle Summer supports the strangest human barnacle in American history
— Cameron Lewis (@yoURDATAisyours) April 15, 2019
— Janet Johnson (@JJohnsonLaw) April 15, 2019
WTF @MSNBC ?! Why did you have #ChandelleSummer as a commentor on your coverage of #PeteAnnounces ? She is a bigot. And if she thinks Mayor Pete is too young to run for POTUS, she should remember President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. JFK was not much older.
— Amy Shier Stevens (@Amala5210) April 14, 2019
Summer later attempted to clarify her comments:
“I don’t think it’s personally terrifying. I think that the American public will find it so abhorrent and different from the usual candidates and won’t be able to wrap their heads around it. The age is a huge problem.
I mean, he is 37 years old. I can remember when I was 37 years old and my thought process, the way I analyse things is different than now and you need experience in life to be a good leader and to understand all the different dynamics of the economy, the world, the global situation, national security.
I just don’t think voters will trust someone that young and I don’t think the fact that he’s gay is a big problem personally. I feel like we have crossed that bridge in this country.”
Summer’s criticisms are not likely to deter Buttigieg, who firmly believes he can defeat Trump in 2020.
“I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern, millennial mayor, but we live in a moment that compels us each to act,” he said while announcing his candidacy on Sunday. “It calls for a new generation of leadership. It’s time to walk away from the politics of the past and toward something totally different.”
“There’s a long way for us to go. Life here is far from perfect. But we’ve changed our trajectory and shown a path forward for communities like ours.”
“And that’s why I’m here today. To tell a different story than ‘Make America Great Again.’ Because there is a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities: the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back.”
“It’s time to walk away from the politics of the past, and toward something totally different. … That’s why, this time, it’s not just about winning an election—it’s about winning an era.”
Buttigieg’s campaign looks like it’ll be the biggest rebuttal of Trumpism yet, and he’s already drumming up significant support.
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) April 16, 2019
— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) April 16, 2019
BOOT! EDGE! EDGE!
Sorry, Miss Summer. Wake up and smell the coffee.
And for those of you on the fence, you may want to read Buttigieg’s memoir, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future. His optimism, intelligence, and clear-sighted view of what America may just win you over.