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All three networks on Monday hailed the “surging,” “exciting” Pete Buttigieg’s “major moment” in Iowa polls. But they avoided a racial blunder by the 2020 candidate, as well as the fact that his polling with African Americans in the critical primary state of South Carolina is at an astonishing 0 percent. The Buttigieg campaign attempted to tout the Democrat’s Douglass Plan (as in Frederick Douglass) and released photos of people one would assume are supporters. Except, as Ryan Grim, DC bureau chief of The Intercept discovered, some aren't. They also included a Kenyan woman (and thus not a Buttigieg voter).
In his article, Grim wrote of other problems the campaign has run into. Speaking of the Douglass Plan, he explained:
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Three days later, the Buttigieg campaign began promoting a list of 400 South Carolinian supporters of his Douglass Plan in emails to reporters and posts on social media.
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Aside from not supporting Buttigieg, many of the South Carolinian signees share another quality, as well: They’re not black.
The campaign hasn’t publicly claimed that every supporter of the plan listed is African American, though it wouldn’t be hard to draw that implication: It was published in the HBCU Times, and the bylines and top-listed supporters are all black. To be sure, a multiracial coalition would be needed to push the Douglass Plan through Congress, but the campaign didn’t say that,...
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