Buttigieg says voting for Trump is 'at best' looking the other way on racism

Buttigieg says voting for Trump is 'at best' looking the other way on racism

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE said voting for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE "at best means looking the other way on racism." 

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"Well, at best, it means looking the other way on racism. But I think a lot of people are wondering what kind of deal even that is supposed to be," Buttigieg replied. 

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He stopped short of calling anyone who votes for Trump racist. 

Buttigieg's comments come days after Trump told voters at a New Hampshire rally they "have no choice" but to vote for him in 2020. 

"If you look at the numbers, basically, what he's saying is, all right, I want you to look the other way on the racism, tolerate the negativity, accept the instability of my administration, because I am going to deliver for you job growth almost as good as the Obama years," Buttigieg said.

"That's what his argument amounts to right now.  And it's part of the reason why he's unpopular.”

Buttigieg has previously called Trump a white nationalist.