The New York Post has a rather odd story up today featuring interviews with a number of residents of South Bend, Indiana. They all seem to have one thing in common. They lived through Pete Buttigieg’s time as Mayor of their fair city and they were, shall we say… less than impressed. Some of the claims are clearly anecdotal, but others can be backed up with statistics. For example, crime rates went up while Pete was the mayor. How much of that was directly caused by his policies and how much might have just been part of a national trend in urban centers is left to the reader’s discretion.
There was plenty of new development in some parts of the city, but almost none in the predominantly Black neighborhoods. There was, however, plenty of older housing being bulldozed in those lower-income areas. Here’s what a few of the folks who were interviewed had to say.
“If he’s the next president, I fear for our country. He couldn’t run our city. How can he run the United States?” said Michelle Burger, 42, a stay-at-home mom who lives in South Bend’s impoverished and predominantly black West Side.
“Look at all the crime — he didn’t do anything about it. Look at our quality of life. If he becomes president, the United States will become one big South Bend — a giant sinkhole. We’ll be in a new depression.”
Another West Side resident, Cornish Miller, 62, said of Buttigieg, “Rating him 1 to 10, I’d give him a 2.”
“Buttigieg talked about all the improvements he made, but he hardly made a dent,” said Miller, who works for a military supply company.