I’ve written about South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg before—South Bend Mayor PeteButtigieg: Why Coming Out Matters and Could Pete Buttigieg Be Our First GayPresident?—but now, as a candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee [DNC] Buttigieg gets noticed again for standing up to, and taken on, President _____ calling him “a draft-dodging chickenhawk president":
“I’ll be damned if we’re going to have a draft-dodging chickenhawk president of the United States — who thinks he’s too smart to read his own intelligence briefings — ordering the people I served with back into another conflict because he can’t be bothered to do his job properly.”
Again, Pete is an openly gay man—not that it really matters, but it does—who was deployed to Afghanistan while serving in the Navy Reserves, while Hair Furor received five deferments from the draft—four for educational reasons and one because his feet hurt. Buttigieg is annoyed that a man who ran from service seems so intent on creating fear in the world so more of our men and women can be put in harm’s way. He says that now is the time for Democrats, and We The People, need to “tap into the moral outrage” that is gathering steam across the country and resist and march and vote and end this presidency of fear and hatred and intolerance and bullying.
Other Democratic candidates criticized Trump as well ... with Representative Keith Ellison calling _____ "misogynistic." Ellison also condemned recent immigration raids after reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials detained several hundred people this week:
"We've got to be in solidarity, we've got to be with them. We’ve got to be on the line, carrying the sign.”
The DNC’s interim chairwoman, Donna Brazile, similarly spoke out against the raids on Saturday.
“For the last few days, in communities across our country, some of our neighbors heard a knock at their door. Peaceful, hard-working people were asked for their papers. Some were torn from their homes, leaving mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters behind. This is not happening in some faraway dictatorship you have trouble finding on a map. This is happening here, in our America. And we have to keep working, keep fighting and keep speaking out until it stops.”
Undocumented immigrants were arrested this week in Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and an ICE official called the raids an “enforcement surge” coming on the heels of two executive orders signed by _____ last month on immigration enforcement; one ended the “catch and release” policy that allowed people who crossed the border to return to Mexico without being arrested, while the other order called for construction to begin on the $50 billion U.S.-Mexico border wall.
All for fear; fear spread by a man who ran from the draft via his father’s money and power, and who now thinks every dark-skinned person who speaks differently, looks differently, worships differently, lives differently—in countries where the president has no business dealings of course—should be rounded up and captured because they re the enemy.
They are not ... the enemy lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Buttigieg. Brazile. Ellison. Three Democrats who are standing against the president loudly and clearly, and demanding that we all ...