Mayor Pete and Bill Maher


Bill Maher interviewed Pete Buttigieg a few days ago on January 31, 2019. Bill Maher said, “You are the only military veteran in this."
Buttigieg nodded along and said, “Yeah.”

It was a critical test of character for Mayor Pete, and Buttigieg showed his true colors. Instead of acknowledging Major Tulsi Gabbard — the first female combat veteran to ever run for the presidency, who volunteered to deploy twice to the warzones of the Middle East at the height of the war, who has served in the Army National Guard for 17 years and is still serving today — Buttigieg chose to allow the audience to believe the falsehood that he was the only military veteran running for president because it benefits him politically.

Furthermore, when Buttigeig's campaign posted the interview on social media, they chose to cut out the first part of Maher's statement (i.e.

“You are the only military veteran in this.")



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31 Responses to Mayor Pete and Bill Maher

  1. The Beaver says:

    C’est un arriviste : mon opinion
    Check this article:
    Before I dive into Shortest Way Home’s account of the life and career of Peter Buttigieg, let me be up front about my bias. I don’t trust former McKinsey consultants. I don’t trust military intelligence officers. And I don’t trust the type of people likely to appear on “40 under 40” lists, the valedictorian-to-Harvard-to-Rhodes-Scholarship types who populate the American elite. I don’t trust people who get flattering reams of newspaper profiles and are pitched as the Next Big Thing That You Must Pay Attention To, and I don’t trust wunderkinds who become successful too early. Why? Because I am somewhat cynical about the United States meritocracy. Few people amass these kind of résumés if they are the type to openly challenge authority. Noam Chomsky says that the factors predicting success in our “meritocracy” are a “combination of greed, cynicism, obsequiousness and subordination, lack of curiosity and independence of mind, [and] self-serving disregard for others.” So when journalists see “Harvard” and think “impressive,” I see it and think “uh-oh.”

  2. sbin says:

    DNC and Media have black balled Gabbard.
    Thrashing Kamala and Hillary is an unforgivable sin for the current DNC.
    Democratic party is poorly served by DNC corruption and incompetence.
    The top of their ticket reminds me of the decrepit party hacks the politburo put forward in the early 80s.
    Moral and intellectual bankrupt.
    Noting that McCain and Romney were the previous GOP nominees does not inspire confidence either

  3. Eric Newhill says:

    I’m not normally into conspiracy theories, but I am suspicious of his direct commission into Naval intelligence. His educational background and a few other things makes me think he might be a CIA stooge.
    And yes, pretty dishonest and arrogant to not mention Tulsi.

  4. optimax says:

    I had heard Mayor Pete had been an engineer in the military but in a The Atlantic interview he says he was Naval Intelligence. He also spent time as a consultant for McKinsey in the Afghanistan but in neither case was he in much danger–unlike Tulsi.
    In his own words: “Four years later, Buttigieg would return to Afghanistan as a Naval intelligence officer. He stayed on bases for the most part, venturing out only as an armed escort on an occasional trip. On the McKinsey work, they were outside the wire more, but “there was no moment of great adventure or danger for me, other than just the fact of we drove from Kabul to Jalalabad. That was a little risky. But in Iraq we were on base, or at least in the Green Zone, almost all the time.”
    How does a mayor of a small mid-west town wake up one day and decide he is qualified to run for the highest political office in the land and believe he can win. He’s either insane or has friends inm high places. After the fudging of the numbers in Iowa in his favor, I’d say the latter.

  5. Harry says:

    I have a low opinion of his personal integrity. But then I have a lot opinion of the President’s personal integrity. Its probably time saving to say who does appear to have integrity rather than doesnt. At the moment I am prepared to believe Steyer, Gabbard, Sanders and Yang have some decency. But I could easily be wrong about any of them.

  6. Ian says:

    Gabbard should run as an independent if she doesn’t get the nomination. I believe Gabbard said she won’t but I hope she change her mind.

  7. different clue says:

    Since my background is strictly civilian, I cannot state . . . anything. But perhaps I can ask, could we refer to this as ” foam-rubber valor”? Or “cardboard-replica valor”?
    And it confirms a new emerging nickname I am seeing here and there for Mayor Pete . . . Pete the Cheat, Cheater Peter, Cheatin’ Pete.. .

  8. Prawnik says:

    Oh, for a FB “share” feature!

  9. rho says:

    “Four years later, Buttigieg would return to Afghanistan as a Naval intelligence officer.”
    Forgive me my ignorance if there is an obvious explanation that I dont see, but why are there even “Naval Intelligence officers” in a landlocked country like Afghanistan? Is this some kind of pro-forma position without a real purpose?

  10. catherine says:

    Why are all these CIA and Nat Sec, people endorsing Buttigieg?
    Here’s a list

  11. Jane says:

    Did you know…that Mayor Pete’s Maltese last name is derived from Arabic? Yes, it is originally Abu Djaj! Once upon a time, Sicily was ruled by Arabs and in the course of that period, much of the indigenous Christian population came to speak Arabic. When they had the chance, though, many of them made their way to Christian-controlled Malta, where the local establishment did their best to put as much Latin into their native colloquial Arabic as possible. As a result, if you take a look at texts in modern Maltese, you can find a mix of Italian and Arabic in the vocabulary and even in the grammar. Getting from Abu Djaj to Buttigieg follows normal linguistic rules. A significant portion of Maltese family names begin with Bu- followed by a signifier of some trait or profession of the ancestor.
    Buttigieg is the anointed one to replace Biden as the latter continues to falter, shows his age and has been tarnished by the Ukraine stuff.
    The guy has got friends in high places; Pete was no stranger to the gang that welcomed him at the wine cellar fundraising event. The host himself is connected to the Shadow project that worked so well in Iowa.
    Hillary again displayed her animus toward Tulsi again recently, volunteering that she is a Russian operative, accusing her of treason. Tulsi was part of the DNC that challenged the establishment while they were seeing to it that Sanders lose to Hillary in the 2016 primary and has been a nemesis of the crew in charge.
    The only person in the media who pays any attention to Tulsi is Tucker Carlson. But then, how much air time do Yang and Steyer receive?

  12. akaPatience says:

    Thank you, The Beaver, for the link you provided to the excellent article about this candidate who has the cheek to think he should be POTUS. It’s been my experience that people like Buttigieg look good on paper but in real life they can unfortunately turn out to be ineffectual in their chosen fields — placeholders with good-looking resumes who are mediocre thinkers and performers. The guy seems like a potted plant to me, someone who is of no consequence, and it stinks that the little snake didn’t correct Maher about Tulsi Gabbard’s service.

  13. Thirdeye says:

    According to Krystal Ball at The Hill, DNC Chair Perez made his call to re-canvass the Iowa caucuses at the behest of Buttigieg. The later returns were from the satellite caucuses, which were devised to provide access to the process for voters whose locations and work commitments were a barrier to regular caucus participation. Their participants were disproportionately working class and nonwhite, and were providing an edge for Sanders. According to caucus rules, results can be challenged by a campaign. Sneaky Pete chose instead to attempt an end run through his DNC connections, to pre-empt the emerging results and force a hurried do-over that would disfavor the satellite caucuses.
    For all the noise about voter ID laws being “voter suppression” measures, Sneaky Pete’s move stands out as a blatant attempt to suppress the results from voters who had been already vetted and already committed their time to participate in a cumbersome process. With the word getting out on what an absolutely slimy move he attempted against poor and minority voters in Iowa, he’s got a rough road ahead of him to establish credibility among such voters in upcoming primaries. His attempts to do so thus far, the phony “Douglas Plan” (did Frederick Douglas really authorize the use of his name?), phony black endorsements, and shuttling the handful of blacks who attend his events in front of the cameras, reek of the deepest cynicism and mendacity.

  14. He is clearly favored by the establishment. Rhodes Scholar- check, military -check, McKinsey – check, etc. He is clearly ambitious and a typical Elitist snob. And has the support of some powerful Zionist. A prerequisite to be elected President of the United States since 1912.
    And they completely stole the Iowa election and narrative from Bernie Sanders. It is clear from following Precinct Captains in the Iowa Caucus on Twitter that the Iowa Caucus election was manipulated and victory stolen from Bernie Sanders. The narrative was controlled through CNN, MSNBC, DNC.
    Problem is Bernie is weak. The DNC will never let him win. They(Zionist) would rather let Trump be President for another 4 years. The Zionist in Chief. And the Bernie Bros are on to this and will never vote for PetetheCheat a hashtag tagged on him by Twitter followers.
    However, as unlikely as Black Americans voting for a small dwarf homosexual he still may win the nomination. There is no other viable centrist besides Native American Warren who I could easily see as his Vice President. Or more likely Bilderberg favorite Stacey Abrams of Georgia.
    That would check off all the identity politics boxes. Also the dark conspiracy to destroy this country by pitting all races against White Christianity. My opinion. Christianity is what they hate.
    A Mayor Pete presidency would be ominous for the deplorables. I sense an intense anger in this individual. And frankly murder in his eyes. His behavior and actions in bankrolling the app that stole the Iowa elections for him indicate this is a wanna be tyrant in midget clothing.
    And if I know the deplorables he would be met with a level of contempt unimaginable especially after the way they believe the SJWs treated their President.
    I’m probably going to sit this election out. I may vote for Bernie in the Georgia primary just to prevent a Mayor Pete presidency if possible.

  15. Upstate NY'er says:

    Looks like he came out of the same plastic factory that produced Obama.
    Different model, but still plastic.

  16. Terence Gore says:

    I’ve been reading watching many articles suggesting a conspiracy to take out Sanders in favor of Buttigieg.
    It feels more like a con with grifters using a lot of buzz words that did not deliver a fair election trying to get a piece of the pie
    “Federal campaign finance records show that the Iowa Democratic Party and the Nevada Democratic Party retained Shadow to develop its caucus app. Shadow has also been retained for digital services by Buttigieg’s campaign, which paid the company $42,500 for software-related services last July, and by Joe Biden’s campaign, which paid Shadow $1,225 for text messaging services, last July as well.”
    Shadow was launched by former staffers to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, including Niemira, Krista Davis, Ahna Rao, and James Hickey, according to professional biographies listed on LinkedIn. Shadow did not respond to a request for comment.
    “As a digital strategy firm, Acronym’s idea of how to win the digital “war” against Donald Trump in 2020 also reflects this blinkered thinking. Much like Hillary Clinton’s doomed 2016 effort to campaign against “Dangerous Donald” — and to focus messaging on why Trump is a uniquely bad guy — McGowan (whom the staffer describes has an aggressive hand in Acronym’s content production) told the Times that Democrats must tell “a powerful, true, cohesive story about why this guy is dangerous.””
    “Betting it all on Iowa
    Perhaps more than any other candidate, Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has centered Iowa as key to their path for winning the nomination. If his team can pull out a win next week, it will have been in no small part due to their hyper-local digital-first strategy that has wowed us for months.”
    “Hyperlocal marketing is the process of targeting prospective customers in a highly specific, geographically restricted area, sometimes just a few blocks or streets, often with the intention of targeting people conducting “near me” searches on their mobile device.”

  17. oldman22 says:

    I just watched the NH debate.
    I was astonished that Buttigieg proposed an amendment
    to the Constitution to change the way S Ct justices are
    appointed/confirmed, some new way that would not
    involve the president or the senate. This is NOT a simple
    change in the number of justices as has happened
    historically. Rather it is a new method for selecting justices.
    Buttigieg does say exactly how a new method would work.
    Perhaps he thinks (some?) justices should be elected?
    There is nothing in his platform about this, is it
    a spur of the moment invention?
    I think it is childish to believe that politics can
    be removed from the selection of S Ct justices.
    I think Buttigieg should come back 30 years from
    now when his wisdom might have grown to match
    his overactive intelligence.
    I cannot find a transcript yet. If you find one
    please post a link.

  18. Seamus Padraig says:

    Mayor Cheat is just part of a larger trend. The entire Democratic Party is being transformed into a deep-state psy-op:

  19. The Beaver says:

    Forbes found that Buttigieg got donations from 13 big-money donors who gave exclusively to him—by far the most of any Democrat running for president. Two of those donors have connections to Donald Trump. Jennifer Pritzker, a transgender retired Army lieutenant colonel who inherited a chunk of the Hyatt hotels fortune and previously backed the president, is now giving to Buttigieg. So is Daryl Roth, the wife of Trump business partner Steven Roth.
    More than one third of Buttigieg’s wealthy benefactors got rich in finance and investments. That group includes seven who built their fortunes from hedge funds, including Bill Ackman, Philippe Laffont and Seth Klarman.
    BTW: Klarman is a big funder of Shadow Inc. and an Israel firster.
    The Pritzker family works with both sides of the aisle as far as the candidates are concerned . They went big with Obama also.

  20. Fred says:

    Why is everyone upset over Iowa? That’s simply voter equity via redistribution of votes the socialist way. Just imagine that being done to your paycheck. The more you earn, the more of it somebody else deserves.

  21. Serge says:

    Interesting, I assumed he was polish. I did detect some “eastern” features but figured it was the turk in polish blood.

  22. Timothy Hagios says:

    It’s not just Shadow–Buttigieg has a disproportionate amount of donations from people in the tech industry. If he does become the nominee, I would not be surprised if he gets helped by some convenient shadow bannings and manipulation of search algorithms.

  23. Morongobill says:

    Perhaps Bernie should run independent with Tulsi as vp. She’d help steel up his spine.

  24. oldman22 says:

    at 2:30
    “Mayor Buttigieg, you have signaled that you’d be open to the idea
    of expanding the court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested leaving
    the court as it saying, quote, nine seems to be a good number. In fact,
    she said if the number of justices is increased, quote, it would make
    the court appear be partisan. It would be one side saying when we’re
    in power we’re going to enlarge the number of judges to have more people
    who will vote the way we want them to. Is Justice Ginsburg wrong?”
    Buttigieg answered:
    “Well if all we did was change the number of justices I agree that could be
    the consequence. What I have called for is not only reforming the number of
    justices on the bench but also structural reform so that some of the justices
    are not appointed through a partisan process. We cannot allow the supreme court
    to continue to become one more political battlefield as we are seeing today.
    The time has come for us to think bigger. Not just reforming the makeup of the
    court as america by the way had done several times in our history. But also
    remember that the founders gave us the power to amend the constitution for
    a reason and we shouldn’t be afraid to use it.
    Buttigieg is so ignorant.
    In the first place, the Constitution does not specify the number of justices,
    so there is no need to amend the Constitution to change the number of Justices.
    In fact, this has been done by legislation a number of times in US history.
    More importantly, there is NO WAY known to eliminate the politics involved
    in the selection of a Justice. We already have open Senate hearings which are attended
    and advised by every organization with an interest, including bar associations.
    Politics is THE ESSENTIAL PROCESS of democracy.
    As Harry Truman said,
    “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

  25. elkern says:

    If Gabbard is still Active, and Mayo Pete isn’t, would that make the statement technically correct? I’ve generally thought “veteran” means “someone who Was – but no longer is – in military”.
    (I’m NOT supporting PB, just trying to get clear on the details.)

  26. Mark Logan says:

    Buttigieg may have forgotten that Tulsi is still running. The media all but utterly ignores her campaign.

  27. different clue says:

    One hopes that Harlan Easley and others of like mind don’t boycott the election altogether. Even if “President” is left blank there are things and people to vote about down-ticket.
    Gabbard has filed a lawsuit against Clinton.
    Clinton the Cowardly Lyin’ has so far “refused” to “permit” herself to be served. One wonders if there is a way to FORCE her to be served.
    I would like to see the SanderSupporters fight their way through the DemNom process to the bitter end. I would like to see it all finish with the Good Ship Clintobamacrat burned down to the waterline. With all the rats trapped inside.
    Meanwhile, it would be good if some BernieBackers from each and every State pursue their own separate 50 projects to look into how to put Sanders’ name onto each State ballot so that his name is un-erasably there for election time. If and only if the deadline for that falls before the DemNom Convention, then I would like to see them actually GET his name onto all 50 ballots as a no-party Independent candidate. And one hopes these BernieBackers would secure Gabbard’s permission to be placed on those same ballots as Sanders’ VP candidate. It would all have to be done without Sanders’ permission or even in the teeth of his opposition to it. And he would oppose it, because it might lead to a Trump victory. Which he opposes. Because it would lead to Trump winning every State except California and New York.
    But as Babak Makkinejad said in a totally different context, if the National DemParty cheats Sanders out of the nomination, then Sanders would no longer be the issue or the goal. The issue would be the Lyin’ Cheatin’ Pete Democrats and the goal would be to exterminate the National Democratic Party from the face of the political earth.

  28. different clue says:

    . . . and after all the work I did on my just-prior comment, I forgot to put in the actual Babak Makkinejad quote.
    Which is . . . ” this ain’t about hunting, is it?”
    No, it ain’t. If Sanders people are clearly a majority of the Dem primary voters in a majority of the states, and the DemParty cheats Sanders’ supporters out of their Sanders, then this won’t be about Sanders anymore.

  29. Vegetius says:

    If Bathhouse Pete has or had any ties to any intelligence services at any time he has no business being anywhere near any sort of power given the current apparently mutinous state of some or all of clandestine intelligence and secret police services.

  30. scott s. says:

    “Forgive me my ignorance if there is an obvious explanation that I dont see, but why are there even “Naval Intelligence officers” in a landlocked country like Afghanistan? Is this some kind of pro-forma position without a real purpose? ”
    Don’t know but did some searching. It looks like Navy has a direct commission program where you sign in and get a commission as an 1835 (Special Duty – Intel reserves). No active duty commitment instead 3 years SELRES (drilling reserves who do the weekend a month at their local reserve center and 2 week annual ACDUTRA at their gaining command (the command the reserve unit is supposed to support when activated)). I’m guessing there was a call for “individual augmentees” (reserves volunteering to go on active duty, not as part of their unit) to this DOD (joint service) financial investigation center. So there’s nothing unusual about that (heck, in the modern military you have to punch your purple (joint) ticket to advance). It’s like a lot of (IIRC mainly reserve) naval officers who got on Provincial Reconstruction Teams. I don’t know how to compare it to Gabbard’s ARNG history in the Guard’s 29th Inf Bde as an MP.

  31. turcopolier says:

    scott s et al
    All the services have regulations that allow them to give direct reserve commissions to civilians whom they think will be useful to them politically in the future. some people they appoint as reserve component generals. As a 27 year Regular Army officer I can only despise this program. Gabbard’s service in the National Guard is quite different. She deployed to Iraq twice with her unit and performed regimental duties as would be normal. I am told that Buttegieg was mainly used in Afghanistan as an escort for VIP visitors.

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