During a town hall event held by Fox News with host Chris Wallace, Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg told the audience that the current situation in Iran was “engineered” by President Trump.
On the topic of Iran, Buttigieg was asked, “Under what circumstances would you consider the use of military force?”
“You know, when you have been ordered abroad on the command of the US President, you think a lot about what’s at stake in that office and there is nothing more grave than the fact that, that office has that power to deploy troops into war zones,” Buttigieg started. “I’m really concerned about the fact that right now we are seeing that power talked about in a very casual way. First there was saber rattling, a suggestion that we would send troops into Venezuela, which as horrible as the situation is there, is not one where I see U.S. lives at risk.”
Now you see the same thing, or something different but that same sort of saber rattling with Iran,” the Mayor of South Bend continued. “By the way, reportedly engineered by John Bolton, who was one of the people who built the war in Iraq. How somebody who was behind that, one of the worst foreign policy mistakes in history, is allowed anywhere near the situation room of the President who claims, probably falsely, but claims that he was against the Iraq war all along.”
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says that the situation in Iran was «engineered» by the Trump administration pic.twitter.com/viiuVjxlhG
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) 19 мая 2019 г.
This wasn’t the only outlandish comment that Buttigieg has recently made. Last Friday, Buttigieg compared Christianity to radical Islam claiming Christianity, like Islam, has “extremist factions.”
During an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Buttigieg was asked about the differences between Shia extremism and Sunni extremism. Instead of answering the question, Buttigieg immediately went on to compare radical Islam to Christianity.
“Well, you know, not unlike Christianity when it is motivating someone to do something extreme. It can have a thousand different flavors,” he said. “The real question is what’s going on with the regime, the government, that’s given the power and the apparatus of the state and intelligence service and a military, and what do they do with their ideology?”
The mayor of South Bend then went on to compare the Iran regime to Donald Trump’s presidency.
“You know, Iran, the Iranian regime does not speak for all of the Iranian people as a unit any more than, you know, you could say that there are no moderate politicians in the U.S., and we’re all secretly enthusiastic Trump supporters,” Buttigieg stated. “It just doesn’t work that way.”
According to Breitbart, Buttigieg “lamented that the moderate Iran factions that wanted to work with the West and the United States were burned by Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”
“Imagine if you’re an Iranian politician who put all your eggs in the basket of saying let’s make a deal with the Americans. … now you’re going to have a lot of egg on your face,” he said.
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