Pete Buttigieg’s senior messaging adviser drew a comparison between the Democratic presidential candidate’s bid and former President Barack Obama’s bid, and sent Twitter into a frenzy.
Larry Grisolano, who was also the senior messaging advisor during Obama’s 2007 campaign, made the comparison in a fundraising email ahead of the Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 1, The Hill reports.
"Voters yearned for change, for someone genuine and sincere," Grisolano wrote. "They were well aware of the country’s mounting challenges, and they were prepared to take a chance on a new approach and new leadership because the same old ways just were not working."
Grisolano compared “the moment that changed everything for the Obama campaign” with “that same moment for Pete, and for America.”
Buttigieg’s campaign has struggled with gaining momentum among Black voters.
Recent racial blunders he’s being called out for range from using a photo of a Black Kenyan woman in Africa for his Douglass Plan for Black Americans, to calling Michael Harriot, a writer for The Root, after he penned a viral op-ed on the presidential candidate’s past remarks on minorities and education.
The Twitterverse had several reactions to the comparison and the overall strain Buttigieg’s campaign has reportedly had with relating to Black voters.
I have had to redraft this tweet 3x because #MayorPete well-meaning ignorance is so upsetting. I went to an all Black elementary school. Underfunded & all that. The problem isn’t with us. Its with people who think it is. https://t.co/e2JI64R59U— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) November 26, 2019
Very well put and really crystallizes what the issue. #MayorPete doesn't know black people. he THINKS he knows black people— Pop_off_Petty🍂🍁 (@Drea_got_time) November 26, 2019
He’s about as much Obama, as I am Whoppi Goldberg.— BetoBelieveImHere (@RSuramin) October 31, 2019
Buttigieg isn't even comparable to Obama's shadow— Blahblah, something holiday, Cipher (@snarkylicious) October 31, 2019
This comparison is a lie Obama is protective of his legacy. Buttigieg is a smooth liar. He developed advertising a Kenya picture and said Black people in the South support him, they found out delete picture and went on Record saying Zero support him.— Gloria Abercrombie (@GloriaAbercrom3) November 28, 2019
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