Peter Buttigieg wearing a suit and tie: South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)© Jose Luis Magana/AP
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks in the course of the U.S. Convention of Mayors winter assembly in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Picture/Jose Luis Magana)

A Hillary Clinton spokesman slammed South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Friday for feedback he made in January about Clinton’s 2016 presidential marketing campaign.

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Buttigieg, who’s weighing a 2020 bid, mentioned in an interview with The Washington Put up Journal printed in January, “Donald Trump bought elected as a result of, in his twisted means, he identified the large troubles in our financial system and our democracy.” He added, “At the least he did not go round saying that America was already nice, like Hillary did.”

Nick Merrill, a Clinton adviser and spokesman, referred to as Buttigieg’s months-old feedback “indefensible.”

“That is indefensible. @HillaryClinton ran on a perception on this nation & essentially the most progressive platform in trendy political historical past. Trump ran on pessimism, racism, false guarantees, & vitriol. Interpret that the way you need, however there are 66,000,000 individuals who disagree. Good luck,” Merrill posted on Twitter.

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Buttigieg, 37, has fashioned a presidential exploratory committee, and if elected could be the youngest president in US historical past and the primary married homosexual president.

Extra not too long ago, Buttigieg weighed in on the 2016 election cycle and mentioned in an interview with “The Breakfast Membership,” a New York Metropolis-based radio present, “We spent, I feel, means an excessive amount of time on our facet speaking about him.” He added, “Our entire message was do not vote for him as a result of he’s horrible. And even as a result of he’s, that’s not a message.”

Grady Keefe, a former advance staffer for Clinton, criticized Buttigieg as nicely and wrote on Twitter, “It’s unlucky when folks as good as @PeteButtigieg interact on this fantasy fiction about 2016. And as a homosexual American it’s disappointing as a result of @HillaryClinton ran a marketing campaign which amongst its many values championed our neighborhood.”

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Buttigieg’s spokesperson had no remark when reached by CNN.

In a current interview with CNN’s Van Jones on “The Van Jones Present,” Buttigieg talked extra broadly about being a small city mayor in a crimson state, and what he believed motivated voters to end up for Trump in 2016.

He mentioned he believed “there is a sense of hostility to the system, to the financial and political system that we stay in — and that a part of what’s motivated a few of these voters will not be unsuitable.

“Do not get me unsuitable, I am not making any excuse for among the express appeals to racism that have been made and, in some instances, labored,” he continued. “However on the identical time, we have additionally bought to acknowledge that if we come off — if (Trump’s) saying the system is rigged, and the way in which he is saying it’s twisted and probably not true, however there is a kernel of fact in there — and we appear like we are the ones saying, oh no, the system is completely tremendous — then we have an issue.”

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He mentioned Democrats are “experiencing this temptation to say, first, you understand, that is chaos — the White Home is chaotic, we will not go on like this, it is tearing us aside. That half’s true.

“However the second half that’s tempting is to say — due to this fact, let’s return. Let’s return to regular — the issue is regular wasn’t working for lots of people,” he mentioned.

“Over a long time, and Republican and Democratic presidents have allow us to down and Democrats cannot take it again to the ’90s, any greater than Conservatives can take it again to the ’50s.”

The interview with Jones is slated to air Saturday at 7 p.m., ET, on CNN.

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