Buttigieg campaign mocked for adding applause to CNN town hall clip

Buttigieg campaign mocked for adding applause to CNN town hall clip
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Former Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE's campaign was mocked Friday for editing a clip from a CNN town hall that included inserting fake applause after a remark made by the 38-year-old presidential candidate.

"To me, that is not just a concern for our generation, it's a concern that calls on us to build an alliance among generations to try to make sure that the future really is better than the past," Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., said in answering a question from an audience member in New Hampshire.

In the live CNN event on Thursday night, Buttigieg's answer did not compel the audience at Saint Anselm College to break into applause.

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But in a clip shared by the campaign on social media, applause was added.

The audio edit was flagged by the Center for Democracy Action, a group that supports Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAngst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure MORE (I-Vt.).

 

Buttigieg and Sanders, 78, just finished in a dead heat in Iowa, with both sides declaring victory in a contest marred by delays, errors and inconsistencies.

The campaign received some blowback after the clip made the rounds on social media from supporters of Sanders.

The Hill has reached out to the Buttigieg campaign for comment.