A prominent writer says Pete Buttigieg saved her from a potential assault in college as an explanation for her donation to his campaign

Business Insider | 3/17/2019 | Kat Tenbarge
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Writer and popular left-leaning Twitter personality Nicole Cliffe was criticized Friday night after it surfaced that she donated the maximum amount possible, $2,800, to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president.

Cliffe, who has stated that she's a Senator Elizabeth Warren supporter, also donated $500 to the Warren campaign a few weeks after donating to Buttigieg.

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Responding to a callout in a since-deleted tweet, Cliffe said Buttigieg wasn't her candidate, but she decided to pledge financial support when she found out he was running, because he saved her "from a potential assault" in college.

In a Boston Globe article about Buttigieg's peers at Harvard University, Cliffe was quoted saying Buttigieg stepped in to defend her from a group of men harassing her at a bar. In college, Cliffe dated one of Buttigieg's roommates.

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Nicole Cliffe is a popular left-wing Twitter personality and writer known for founding the website The Toast and, in part, for charitable giving. On Friday, it surfaced that she donated the maximum amount possible as an individual to Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign.

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This resulted in some confusion, given that Cliffe is critical of moderate left and centrist positions and since she's a supporter of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Buttigieg has positioned himself as a centrist in a strikingly far left pack of Democratic candidates. He is a frequent target of leftist ire online.

Federal Election Commission data shows Cliffe has registered two individual contributions. She donated the maximum amount possible, $2,800, to Pete for America, Inc. on March 17,...
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