Last night’s second rounds of debates featured a number of candidates talking about Donald Trump and the job he has done. The hopefuls hit on his economic policies, the numerous staff departures and his recent racist statements.
South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, didn’t feel Trump was the only problem facing the Republican party, though. Buttigieg spoke directly to GOP members telling them they’d be remembered for not standing up to the President.
“If you are watching at home and you are a Republican member of Congress, consider the fact that when the sun sets on your career, and they are writing your story, of all the good and bad things you did in your life,” the candidate said. “The thing you will be remembered for is whether in this moment with this president you found the courage to stand up to him or continue to put party over country.”
Buttigieg also talked about the differences between the party now and in the past. When David Duke ran for Congress, governor, the Republican party 20 years ago ran away from him,” he said. “Today they are supporting naked racism in the White House. Or silent about it.”
The candidate also had a message for his fellow Democrats. He referenced the GOP, saying, “Look, if it’s true that if we embrace a far-left agenda, they’re going to say we’re a bunch of crazy socialists. If we embrace a conservative agenda, you know what they’re going to do? They’re going to say that we’re a bunch of crazy socialists.”
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