Pete Buttigieg responds to alleged “Black Lives Matter” supporter crashing Black rally in support of his campaign

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate deemed it "unfortunate" and a sign of the emotional climate we now face as Americans

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Democratic presidential candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded to an unexpected protest at a recent rally focused on Black voters. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate, Peter “Pete” Buttigieg, recently responded to a protestor who interrupted a gathering in South Bend, Indiana, consisting primarily of Black supporters in support of Buttigieg.

It all started on Wednesday, December 4, when a protestor sporting a “Black Lives Matter,” shirt, stole the attention from South Bend Common Council Member, Sharon McBride. McBride, a Black woman, was in the middle of expressing her support for Buttigieg, who is currently struggling to win over Black voters, and is far less popular in the AA community than that of fellow presidential candidate and Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

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During McBride’s speech, a man interrupted her, demanding to know “Where are the Black leaders?”

“Who chose these people as black leaders? Who organized them?” the man shouted, before grabbing the mic from McBride.

“We have a police crisis in this town,” the unknown man said. “Why are we talking about Pete Buttigieg?”

The event crasher’s action was soon followed by commotion, including several patrons trying to remove him from the scene, as well as an older woman with a cane having to be restrained from hitting the outsider. Upon being escorted from the scene, the protestor shouted, “This is a farce,” to which several other people joined in on the chant.


The following day, Buttigieg addressed the situation. In a statement to NBC news, the South Bend mayor stated deemed the incident “unfortunate.”

“It shows kind of where politics has come to, especially for somebody to interrupt an African American woman who was speaking about her truth and in her experience,” Buttigieg started.

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He continued, “But this is the climate that we’re in and we need to continue making sure that everyone is empowered to speak their truth, their experience, and in particular, when it comes to South Bend’s story,” he added.

Buttigieg was not present at the scene of the incident.