Yet Biden’s contempt for inconvenient voters isn’t unique among prominent Democrats. Last Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg channeled Hillary Clinton with the following slur: “Anyone who supported this President is at best looking the other way on racism — at best.” In fact, “Mayor Pete” one-upped Clinton, who decanted only half of Trump’s supporters into her infamous “basket of deplorables.” Buttigieg wrote off all 63 million of Trump’s voters as racist or willing to condone racism. This isn’t the first time “Mayor Pete” has used this line. Last August, when asked on CNN’s State of the Union if a vote for Trump in 2020 constituted an act of racism he replied, “Well, at best, it means looking the other way on racism.”
The irony of this claim is that the South Bend Mayor enjoys far less support among non-whites than does Trump. As we reported in this space last summer, the President’s approval numbers among minorities have been moving upward for some time. This trend was confirmed last week by three new surveys, all of which show his support among non-whites above 30 percent. It’s difficult to see how Trump’s minority supporters can be labeled racist by Buttigieg, whose approval numbers among non-whites are dismal. In fact, a recent Quinnipiac poll shows Mayor Pete with exactly zero support among black voters in South Carolina, the first state with a significant minority population in which he will face a primary.