Joy Behar to Buttigieg: 'Do your job first' as mayor before running for president

"The View" co-host Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharWilliamson says she believes in vaccines, acknowledges 'self-inflicted wound' Joy Behar on Trump: 'Why can't he be brought up on charges of hate speech?' The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate MORE on Monday advised Democratic White House hopeful Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegNashville radio host blocked by employer from airing his interview with Buttigieg Buttigieg says white supremacy could be 'issue that ends this country' Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll MORE to prioritize his current job as the mayor of South Bend, Ind., over running for president. 

"Fix what’s going on in South Bend," Behar said on ABC's "The View." "It’s a small population. Do your job first there, and then run for president. That’s my feeling."

Behar said she loves what Buttigieg stands for, adding that she thinks the 37-year-old is "terrific."

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"But I have this feeling that these guys who are running who are mayors and governors should keep doing their jobs. ... When you’re the mayor or the governor, it’s almost like being the father or the mother of the family," she said. "And to leave South Bend now and run for president seems like an unfinished job."

The comments from Behar come as Buttigieg deals with the fallout of a fatal police shooting of a black man in South Bend. Tensions have escalated since the incident occurred on June 16, when South Bend police responded to a suspicious persons call at a local apartment complex.

Eric Logan, the suspect, reportedly approached an officer with a knife and was shot. The officer Logan allegedly approached was wearing a body camera, but it was not on at the time of the shooting.  

Tensions spilled over Sunday night during a town hall featuring Buttigieg, as many black residents accused South Bend's law enforcement of systemic failures.

Buttigieg, who has gained national name recognition since launching his campaign, said in a statement Monday that he understands why people are not "satisfied."

"I’m not either. This is why as mayors we have the opportunity to change the national conversation," he said

Buttigieg said last week that he was open to having an independent prosecutor investigate the shooting, which is is currently being probed by the St. Joseph’s prosecutor’s office

Buttigieg has emerged as a popular candidate within the Democratic caucus. He is slated to appear alongside candidates including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden campaign taps foreign policy vet Nicholas Burns as adviser: report MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Medicare for All': The hype v. Maryland's reality Biden says he supports paying campaign staff minimum wage Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday, the second night of the first Democratic primary debate.