Pete Buttigieg likes to boast about his “unconventional” experience as a small-town mayor on the campaign trail, but some of the residents in South Bend, Indiana, say he is unqualified to be president based on their dealings with him.
“If he’s the next president, I fear for our country. He couldn’t run our city. How can he run the United States?” Michelle Burger, a 42-year-old mother, told the New York Post on Tuesday. “Look at all the crime — he didn’t do anything about it. Look at our quality of life. If he becomes president, the United States will become one big South Bend — a giant sinkhole. We’ll be in a new depression.”
Rev. Sylvester Williams Jr., who is part of the Interfaith Christian Union in South Bend, pointed to murder rates going up while Buttigieg was mayor. “We had a record number of homicides during his time as mayor,” Williams Jr. said. “And it didn’t seem like he was feeling the people’s psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.”
“It seemed like he was focused on creating a progressive city, that he was above tending to those basic needs,” he added.