Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker made fun of Pete Buttigieg after the South Bend, Indiana, mayor bungled the release of a list of black leaders supporting his campaign.
“It’s weird because I’ve never even been to Kenya,” Booker said Wednesday on Twitter. The jab was in reference to the Buttigieg campaign using a stock photo of a Kenyan woman on a release for his plan to benefit black Americans.
Additionally, Buttigieg released a list of supposedly 400 black leaders who supported his campaign. Many of the people on the list said they were neither black nor supporters of Buttigieg. The release came as Buttigieg continues to struggle with black voters, including getting 0% support from the group in a recent South Carolina poll.
Democratic Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a top surrogate for Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2020 campaign, blasted Buttigieg for his handling of black issues. She labeled him “arrogant” and “callous,” particularly in response to a shooting by a police officer in South Bend. “When a black woman says to you over the shooting of a black man in your city … ‘I’m not going to vote for you for president,’ and you say to this black woman, ‘I didn’t ask you for your vote,’ I don’t think you are in any position to be the president of the United States of America,” Turner said Tuesday.
Buttigieg has claimed he is not well-supported by the black community because they lack “familiarity” with him. “So, what’s working for us best right now in engaging the black community is two things: first, substance. And secondly, engagement,” he said at a private fundraiser last week.