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#NeverPete: How Buttigieg has drawn the fury of the online left
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Dec 17, 2019 05:12am|
|Author||Abby Phillip and Dan Merica|
|News Date||Monday, December 16, 2019 04:10:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||(CNN) Pete Buttigieg was getting a signal to wrap up his Iowa town hall, but he first gestured to the gathering of young people crouched near the stage as they clutched handmade signs. |
"Do you want to go ahead and do the thing?" he asked them.
A few voices in the audience chuckled as Buttigieg invited the young activists, most of them college students at Grinnell College, to spread out so he could see their signs.
"Wall Street Pete," one sign read.
Another: "Youth to Pete: You will Kill Us."
"No, I won't! 'You will kill us?' That's really mean!" Buttigieg exclaimed. "I'm here to help you!"
The moment served as a window into the anxieties this young generation has about the inaction of older political leaders on major issues like the climate crisis -- and how much of that anger is now being trained squarely on Buttigieg, who, while their peer in age, has offered moderate views that often align him with older voters.
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