Co-hosts on “The View” threw Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg under the bus after he engaged in a disastrous Sunday town hall appearance.
What happened during the town hall event?
Buttigieg, who is mayor of South Bend, Indiana, held the town hall event in South Bend.
Protesters showed up at the event and demonstrated over previous incidents that occurred under Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor, such as a police shooting.
The incident took place in June when white police officer fatally shot a black male South Bend resident.
The officer shot the 54-year-old man in the abdomen after reports that the man was purportedly breaking into vehicles. The officer in question insisted that the suspect lunged at him with a knife.
No body cam footage was obtained from the incident, and the man’s family plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city.
In Buttigieg’s opening remarks at Sunday night’s event, the 37-year-old promised he would send a letter to the Justice Department, requesting that its civil rights division look into the incident.
Buttigieg also said that he would request an independent investigation into the incident, but his promises appeared to fall flat for many protesters and demonstrators. According to NBC News, “Buttigieg seemed to vacillate between despondency over the jeers, irritation over being interrupted and wonky erudition as he offered explanations about local laws on police misconduct that only further angered the crowd.”
What did the co-hosts say?
Co-host Joy Behar said that it wasn’t, perhaps, time for Buttigieg to run for president, and suggested that he “fix what’s going on in South Bend” before attempting to be President of the United States.
“Do your job first there, and then run for president,” Behar advised.
Co-host Sunny Hostin added that the presidential hopeful “has a problem with the African-American community” in South Bend, which makes up 30 percent of the local population.
“That’s significant,” she noted.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that Buttigieg didn’t handle Sunday night’s town hall well enough, and said that he was “more than a little green around the edges.”
Co-host Meghan McCain, the only conservative on the panel, admitted that she felt Buttigieg’s performance was “piss poor.”