Black Lives Matter protester crashes Pete Buttigieg event in Indiana

Henrietta Strickland
December 6, 2019

LGBTQ activists blasted Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg after images of the South Bend, Indiana, mayor volunteering with the Salvation Army resurfaced on Tuesday.

An event created to showcase black support for Pete Buttigieg in IN went off the rails Wednesday night when a Black Lives Matter protester rushed the stage and was almost clobbered by a cane-wielding senior citizen.

Buttigieg, who has struggled to win over African American voters, did not attend the gathering. Spokeswoman Marisol Samayoa told the South Bend Tribune that the event was not organized by his campaign.

Buttigieg's campaign has so far declined to respond to the criticism, NBC News reports.

Former President Barack Obama's "body man" Reggie Love endorsed Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president on Thursday.

"Most importantly, there was a lot of folks speaking their truth", Buttigieg continued.

Whether the man involved in the disruption was actually linked to another campaign wasn't clear.

The detractor was apparently upset by the "police crisis" in town and suggested that the roughly 75 attendees should be more concerned about that. He also called the meeting for Buttigieg "a farce". In 2012, Salvation Army spokesperson George Hood claimed that same-sex relationships go "against the will of God". The fast-food restaurant Chik-fil-A, a favorite of conservatives, said this month that its foundation would discontinue support for the Salvation Army amid questions about the group's stance on same-sex marriage. "Who chose these people as Black leaders?"

"We were raising money to help poor people", Buttigieg told reporters.

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Sen.

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