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 ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession 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 SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president 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.