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DC politicos rocked by stupidest Buttigieg scandal possible. Even journalists are laughing.

Chasten and Pete Buttigieg
Chasten and Pete ButtigiegPhoto: Pete Buttigieg's Facebook

A shocking – and brief – scandal involving out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, rocked the D.C. political class last night. The rumor may be the dumbest of the year.

It all started when Molly Edwards, who was an aide to former House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), breathlessly reported on Twitter that the couple had been turned away from D.C.’s most popular French restaurant.

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“I just witnessed Pete and Chasten get turned away from Le Dip because they did not have a reservation,” she tweeted. “Most thrilling thing that’s ever happened in this town. Electric!”

Seconds later she added, “(we don’t know that that’s what happened. but it seems likely that that’s what happened.)”

That is not what happened.

And while the unfolding scandal was mocked, other conservatives quickly jumped in to try to fan the flames.

“The repliers don’t seem to understand D.C. power dynamics,” former Daily Caller correspondent Eric Owens intoned.

“Within minutes we at Playbook were looped into this seemingly momentous news and were pretty excited ourselves to write about it today,” Politico joked. “Alas, our enthusiasm was dashed when we heard back from a Buttigieg spox who said there was nothing to it.”

Before the couple could finish their dinner, Edwards returned to Twitter to inform her awaiting audience that she had made a mistake. The men weren’t being escorted out. They were going to their table outside.

“lmao y’all nvm they were seated outside,” she tweeted.

“Boy do I miss Washington!” Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted about the conservative would-be controversy. “Just the coolest people.”

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