What You Need to Know About Pete Buttigieg's Radical Agenda

What You Need to Know About Pete Buttigieg’s Radical Agenda

Pete Buttigieg is a vocal supporter of the far-left “squad,” calling their influence “healthy” for the Democratic Party.

February 12, 2020
What You Need to Know About Pete Buttigieg’s Radical Agenda

While Pete Buttigieg is often characterized as a “moderate” candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary, his policy agenda is far more liberal than anything former President Barack Obama proposed.


Buttigieg refused to condemn infanticide or place any limits on partial-birth abortion. He was also condemned by a pro-life Democrat for failing to say whether she had a place in the Democratic Party at a Fox News town hall:

“Buttigieg previously faced scrutiny over the issue when Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life, asked him whether there was room in the party for pro-lifers like her. As with McCain, Buttigieg told Day that he thought women should be able to make the decision.

On Thursday, Day said Buttigieg’s comments were ‘shameful.’ ‘It is shameful to see Democratic Candidates continue to dismiss the humanity of viable preborn babies in the later stages of pregnancy and excuse the practice because it is rare. Tens of thousands of babies’ lives are ended in the later stages of pregnancy and even the Guttmacher Institute admits that most are not for reasons of fetal anomalies,’ she told Fox News.”

The Environment

Like many Democrats, Pete Buttigieg often uses hyperbolic rhetoric to push his radical climate agenda. He likened any opposition to policies included in the Green New Deal to refusing to cure cancer, and accused people who eat hamburgers or use plastic straws of being “part of the problem.”

“If you eat hamburgers or use plastic drinking straws, consider yourself part of the climate change problem. That was the assessment of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Thursday during an appearance on CNN’s ‘New Day.’

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., told host Alisyn Camerota he thinks many people view climate issues from “the perspective of guilt.”

‘You know, from using a straw to eating a burger. Am I part of the problem? In a certain way, yes,’ he said. ‘But the most exciting thing is that we can all be part of the solution.’”


In a February, 2018 tweet, Buttigieg proudly announced his support for ‘Medicare for All.’

“I, Pete Buttigieg, politician, do henceforth and forthwith declare, most affirmatively and indubitably, unto the ages, that I do favor Medicare for All, as I do favor any measure that would help get all Americans covered,” Buttigieg tweeted in February 2018. “Now if you’ll excuse me, potholes await.”

Once Buttigieg entered the presidential race, he changed his position to supporting ‘Medicare for All Who Want It.’ This proposal hinges on the wildly unpopular individual mandate, which was ruled unconstitutional in 2019. Much like Medicare for All, it would cost taxpayers trillions and upend the American health care system.

Higher Taxes

In early 2019, Pete Buttigieg vocally supported increasing taxes on Americans. He specifically noted the concept of a ‘wealth tax’ would be something he would advocate for.

Pete Buttigieg: I think we certainly need to consider a higher marginal tax rate for top income earners. Maybe it doesn’t have to be as high as it was historically, but we should at least admit that when it was higher, the American economy was growing pretty well. We should consider a wealth tax. I think it makes sense. I think one of the things that’s appealing about it is it’s not very distortionary compared to an income tax, and that’s important.”

But before the end of the year, Buttigieg backtracked and began attacking Elizabeth Warren for her ‘wealth tax’ proposal.

“Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg went after Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) signature wealth tax proposal at Thursday’s debate, calling it “’extreme.’

‘We’re being offered a false choice: You either go all the way to the extreme, or it’s business as usual,’ the South Bend, Ind., mayor said in response to a question about Warren’s plan.”

Unhinged Rhetoric

Buttigieg is a vocal supporter of the far-left “squad,” calling their influence “healthy” for the Democratic Party. He also regularly denigrates and insults supporters of President Donald Trump, claiming they “looked the other way on racism, at best.”

“Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that he doesn’t regret a claim he made last year that Americans who vote for President Trump are ‘looking the other way on racism.’

Mr. Buttigieg was asked about the comment by CNN’s Jake Tapper, who said, ‘That’s almost 63 million Americans who you are painting with a pretty broad bush. Do you regret saying that at all?’

‘No,’ the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, answered. ‘I’m very concerned about the racial division that this president has fostered, and I’m meeting a lot of voters who are no longer willing to look the other way on that, looking for a new political home.’”