Buttigieg: 'If the Senate is the jury right now, we are the jury tomorrow'

Buttigieg: 'If the Senate is the jury right now, we are the jury tomorrow'
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Former South Bend, Ind., mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE said Sunday that he understood the voter frustration over the impeachment process but highlighted the opportunity for “accountability” in the form of the 2020 election.

“I understand the sense of exhaustion that can come from watching this whole thing play out,” Buttigieg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “SNL’s mockery of the trial almost seemed like it was a process that had more integrity than the actual trial having no witnesses at all and it beats you down, but if the Senate is the jury right now, we are the jury tomorrow.”

The flip side of this, he said, was “this is actually the year where there’s accountability.”

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“I think we can fight fair but we’ve got to fight tough,” Buttigieg responded. “For one thing I’m not afraid of the kind of nonsense he’s going to throw around. I’ve seen worse things incoming than a tweet full of typos.”

Buttigieg also addressed Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibGeorge Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge The Democratic Party platform represents our big tent MORE (D-Mich.) booing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE at a rally for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.) in response to Clinton’s attacks on Sanders, saying “I’m not going to tell [Clinton] or anybody else where to head," adding “the focus is not on relitigating a fight from 2016 or who said what where and when about social security in the 1990s.”