Pete Buttigieg has emerged as one of the top Biden/Harris campaign surrogates of the season, knocking down Republican talking points on their home turf with ease.
And people are now calling him Slayer Pete.
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Here are eight reasons some Democrats are hoping that Slayer Pete will be White House press secretary in the Biden administration.
Pete for Press Secretary. You would be fabulous in that job.
— Nina Koch (@KochNina) November 1, 2020
Pete asks “why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with a president caught with a porn star”
Democrats started to take notice of Pete’s media skills in early October when he left Fox News host Martha McCallum stunned after she bizarrely asked Pete why Kamala Harris is supporting Joe Biden’s health care plan instead of her own from the primary.
“Well, there’s a classic parlor game of trying to find a little bit of daylight between running mates,” Buttigieg replied. “If people want to play that game, we could look into why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with a president caught with a porn star.”
Ouch! In case you missed it, she’s not happy with his response. pic.twitter.com/WU1zZUBibc
— Sam45 (@Sam45ip) October 8, 2020
Mayor Pete fired up Democratic voters on Twitter
While Buttigieg has been setting the bar high when it comes to calling out rightwing talking points on cable news, he has also been directly engaging people on Twitter.
“Just imagine turning on the TV, seeing your president, and feeling your blood pressure go down instead of up,” he tweeted after both Biden and Trump participated in televised townhall discussions. At his townhall, Trump refused to answer his moderator’s questions about his COVID-19 infection, defended his habit of sharing fake news stories via social media, and refused to disavow QAnon, an increasingly violent conspiracy theory accusing Democrats and “deep state” agents of overseeing an international Satanist cannibal child sex ring.
Just imagine turning on the TV, seeing your president, and feeling your blood pressure go down instead of up.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 16, 2020
At the third presidential debate, Trump claimed that “nobody has done more for the black community than Donald Trump.”
“The Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964 by President Johnson. Show some goddamned respect,” Pete shot back on Twitter.
The Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964 by President Johnson. Show some goddamned respect.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 23, 2020
Mayor Pete shut down a heckler without breaking a sweat
He didn’t even need an online platform to shut down the right – he took the Slayer Pete Show live when he was heckled by a Trump supporter at a campaign event.
“Do you denounce white supremacy?” he asked the man.
When the man said that he did, Buttigieg shot back with “Good! We agree on something!”
— Michael AntonasRozum (@michaelrozumesq) October 28, 2020
Pete calls out the GOP’s failed attempt at an October Surprise
Conservatives tried to gin up controversy just weeks before the election with some screenshots of emails allegedly sent by Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
Back on Fox News, Pete made the obvious response: “If [Republicans] want to make this about the business dealings of a government official, let’s talk about the president of the United States having a secret Chinese bank account.”
I am really, really enjoying Pete Buttigieg slap the shit out of Fox News on a regular basis now. pic.twitter.com/oZ8pL46ff7
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 22, 2020
Pete had his finger on liberals’ pulse when Barrett was made a Supreme Court justice
Right after Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court, Pete summed up Democrats’ outrage in just three words.
Vote them out.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 27, 2020
Pete appears in a Tenacious D video for “Time Warp”
Tenacious D and a bunch of celebrities teamed up to perform the Rocky Horror Picture Show number “Time Warp” to encourage people to vote. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) appeared in the video along with Mayor Pete.
Because when he isn’t knocking down GOP talking points, he’s participating in gay cult classic covers.
Pete calls Donald Trump out for being too “afraid to participate in a debate.” He wasn’t wrong.
Buttigieg was back on Fox News the day after Donald Trump said that he wouldn’t participate in the second presidential debate, which was moved to a virtual format following Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis. Trump said that he is “not going to waste my time on a virtual debate.”
“Well, it’s too bad, I don’t know why the president’s afraid to participate in a debate,” Buttigieg said on Fox.
It's too bad Trump is afraid to debate next week. pic.twitter.com/4juvdgPfE7
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 8, 2020
Pete calls out Amy Coney Barrett’s “judicial activism cloaked in judicial humility”
The next week, he was on MSNBC taking on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for her statement that she would “apply the law as written” and quoted the late, ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,
“This is what nominees do,” Buttigieg said. “They write the most seemingly unobjectionable, dry stuff. But really what I see in there is a pathway to judicial activism cloaked in judicial humility.”
Quoting Scalia, who famously compared marriage equality to “adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity”? Barrett wasn’t even cloaking her point of view all that well.