Former mayor Pete Buttigieg has been a busy man this week. After prepping Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris for her debate last night with Vice President Mike Pence, the former candidate for the democratic presidential nomination and ex-soldier went behind enemy lines on Fox Morning News earlier today to call out President Trump’s retreat from next week’s now-virtual presidential debate.
“Well, it’s too bad, I don’t know why the president’s afraid to participate in a debate,” Buttigieg said in response to a question from co-host Brian Kilmeade.
Buttigieg pointed out how the president is behind the times when it comes to the new virtual normal, all of which he said is the result of the Trump’s mishandling of the country’s response to pandemic. While “parents are having to deal with e-learning” and the rest of the country has adapted to “meetings over zoom,” the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said the president seems blind to the severity of the situation.
“I think part of why the U.S. is falling behind, is badly behind the rest of the developed world on dealing with the pandemic is because every time there’s been a choice between doing something that’s more safe or less safe, this president seems to push for less safe,” Buttigieg continued. “I think it’s also a reflection of the weakness of his campaign. You know, when you see campaigns getting the kind of bad news that he’s been getting through this month, a lot of times you’ll see these kind of increased arguments over rules, withdrawing from opportunities, a little bit of flailing there.”
But Buttigieg, who was fresh off of an equally spicy interview about Mike Pence, pressed on laying everything at the feet of Trump.
“The only reason we’re here in the first place is because the President of the United States is still contagious as far as we know with a deadly, a deadly disease which reflects the overall problem,” he stated. “I don’t know why you’d want to be in another room with other people if you were contagious with a deadly disease and you care about other people.”
Buttigieg paused a moment before observing that “maybe the president doesn’t care about other people.”