Pete Buttigieg barrelled into a slim lead in crucial Iowa caucuses in ‘remarkable’ rise and it’s divided opinion
After wrestling with the delayed results of the Iowa caucuses, potential Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg barrelled into the lead, and the reactions were mixed.
The first-in-the-nation nominating contest was mired by mishaps after precinct captains struggled with a new app which would send caucus-goer votes to the state party.
But with 71 per cent of the precincts reporting so far, Buttigieg rocketed to the lead with a razor-sharp gap between he and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.
‘This validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs.’
Buttigieg voice started to shake Tuesday night. After the first tranche of Iowa caucuses results gave him a lead, he reflected on what his success means for the LGBT+ community.
“This validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs or she belongs or they belong in their own family, that if you believe in yourself and your country, there is a lot backing up the belief,” he said at a New Hampshire rally.
With his husband Chasten by his side, he later explained to CNN how not only have the results electrified his campaign, but they are “extraordinary” for the community.
“It also, I hope, means something to a lot of people wondering if they fit in,” he said, “people who are different, people who don’t know if they belong in their community, or in their family. This is a proof you can believe in yourself and in your country.”
Countless Twitter users praise Pete Buttigieg and his ‘remarkable’ rise.
Across Twitter, political pundits’ takes on Pete Buttigieg’s success were a laundry bag. No matter how the primaries go, some said, the fact a gay elect has soared should not be ignored.
Although, others highlighted that his rise from small-town mayor to household name is down, in part, to him being white and cisgendered.
After the chaos of the causes results, some members of the LGBT+ community took a brief moment to take stock of Buttigieg’s success, with the South Bend, Indiana, mayor scoring 26.8 per cent of state delegates equivalents.
Sanders trailed tightly behind at 25.2 per cent, a slim gap that is still up for grabs. Nevertheless, some commentators noted that it is “remarkable” that an openly gay man is on the cusp of winning the Iowa caucuses.
Hey guys —
An openly gay man may be on the cusp of winning the Iowa caucuses.
If that doesn't move you, get some gay friends.
This is historic.
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) February 4, 2020
Pete’s rise *is* remarkable. I know some of you don’t care or don’t think it counts, but history will see it as a rather monumental step forward for the perception of how far an openly gay man can connect on a national level. You don’t have to vote for him to acknowledge that.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 4, 2020
Pete Buttigieg chokes up as he speaks of what a gay man who was told they were not good enough for their country now being considered good enough to lead it. This is an historic moment, whatever happens next. pic.twitter.com/ukDCnknU4l
— Benjamin Butterworth (@benjaminbutter) February 4, 2020
Can't believe I'm defending P*te but just because he's white and normy doesn't make it less historic that a gay man is winning Iowa – being rich and well educated didn't diminish Obama.
For queer kids all over America it will be a lifeline. Why must the left shit on everything?
— Joe Smallman (@JoeLSmallman) February 5, 2020
Pete Buttigieg’s rise weathered complaints from LGBT+ activists.
Despite the surge of pride some spoke of, others skewered the 38-year-old for “having the chance” and platform to come out swinging for trans people of colour and sex workers, but failing to do so.
Some have hounded Buttigieg’s policies for being moderate, and his success reflective of an America refusing to give up on a candidate so white, so strait-laced and so palatable.
The only good thing about Pete Buttigieg is now I know exactly how many women voters felt about Hillary Clinton. Even by the standards of corporate Democratic politicians he's gruesomely vacuous, having swallowed a boxset of the West Wing in place of having any inspiring ideas. https://t.co/rLyQUA9Wnn
— Owen Jones? (@OwenJones84) February 5, 2020
All things that benefit him and only him. Buttigieg had the chance to voice protection for sex workers, Black trans women, etc. on the national stage yet didn’t. He may be family but he sure as hell doesn’t act like it. https://t.co/X4l1dRMDo3
— Jason Rosenberg (@mynameisjro) February 5, 2020
trans girl here. pete buttigieg is only not a republican because he’s gay and they won’t have him. he sucks as a politician and as a person and i will never vote for that man.
— aysia (@saintpussycat) February 5, 2020
But Pete Buttigieg is the type of gay that would say ‘oh, I’m not like ~those~ gays’, he would turn his back on our trans family, keep himself as far as possible from the types of gays that are so outwardly proud and expressive in everything they do
— Emerald Chott (@emeraldhottie) February 5, 2020
it’s truly embarrassing to have the first gay presidential candidate of this magnitude be this conservative – next
— Alex Dimitrov (@alexdimitrov) February 4, 2020