Holman wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:15 am
noxiousdog wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:04 am
That's a very generous interpretation. At best it's designed to be very ambiguous.
Pete is the last person in the race I'd expect to deny the legitimacy of an election, and the last I'd expect to sneakily imply that supporters shouldn't either. His brand is 100% Boy Scout.
This is just a poorly worded message from a staffer.
This is why I was so shocked when I read that last night. But rereading this morning, I agree that it's just a really poorly worded piece of campaign spam. Sorry for the outrage. It was late and possibly fueled by a few too many drinks.
Also, it looks like this phrase "we will not recognize it . . . " is becoming part of Pete's stump speech. He's delivered a couple of times, including recently in Iowa
, and with more context, I think it makes clear he is referring to not recognizing the country if Trump gets reelected rather than not recognizing the results of the election:
"I am asking you to picture that first day the sun comes up in this country and Donald Trump is no longer the President of the United States. A happy thought for sure," Buttigieg said. "But what comes next?"
"This country cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump. We will not recognize it if he gets reelected."
Still, it's hard for me to believe that whoever drafted that fundraising spam wasn't purposefully trying to get out a different message.