We are in the last leg of the election, with what is set to be a days-long results process ahead of us. Election day itself has officially kicked off so candidates and their surrogates are making their closing arguments. One of the most outspoken figures on the Biden-Harris campaign, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg was booked to make the rounds while many others on the campaign were in Pittsburgh for one of the final rallies. And thankfully, Buttigieg did not disappoint.
The campaign surrogate took some time to go on The Late, Late Show with James Corden on Monday night to talk about the election and this moment politically. Corden asked about of the anxiety and trepidation people might be feeling as Donald Trump has intimated there might be "violence in the streets" depending on the results of the election, among other things. Buttigieg, for the most part, encouraged viewers to trust the process.
"Just over the weekend we saw Trump supporters surrounding Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' bus," Corden recalled. "I know they weren't on the bus but it was traveling through Texas. In New Jersey and New York they've shut down bridges and major highways. Just driving into work I'm seeing shops being boarded up. it's all well and good saying we have to keep calm and trust the process ... what would your advice be and how nervous are you about talk of civil unrest this coming week?"
Buttigieg started his response by explaining that those feelings and this moment are indicative of Trump's administration in general and signal why he should not be allowed to continue for four more years. But then he continued.
"This kind of thing is only happening because there's a level of panic on his side," the guest explained. "This behavior you are talking about, this is not the kind of thing you do when you're winning; it's a show of desperation, and it's not going to help. If there's one thing that we've learned in recent years it's that shutting down bridges in New Jersey has not exactly worked out well for the Republican Party." Buttigieg chuckled before continuing.
"These kind of things aren't going to help their cause," he said.
For those who don't remember, in 2013 the Bridgegate scandal was splashed across headlines, to be later resurfaced again in 2016. In short, political allies of Chris Christie stood accused of shutting down traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge to cause traffic problems for Fort Lee as retribution for the Democratic mayor not supporting the Republican's re-election campaign. Christie was never charged but it has left a stain on his career.
In contrast, on Sunday a caravan of Trump supporters halted traffic on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and Garden State Parkway, jamming up North New Jersey and Westchester County.