MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has a new thrill running up his leg.
During a recent segment on his show where he was discussing the 2020 Democrat candidates, he said that he is a “big booster” for Pete Buttigieg.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
MSNBC Host: I’m a ‘Big Booster’ for Buttigieg
MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Monday said he was a “big booster” for South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Buttigieg has been rising in the polls after positioning himself as a centrist alternative to former vice president Joe Biden. Matthews said the strategy has proven effective, adding that “Buttigieg is going to do really well” as the primary voting nears.
“I’m a big booster of Buttigieg,” Matthews said. “I know he’s gay, I know he’s married to another man, I know all that. But in the Democratic Party, that’s not going to hold him back.”
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Buttigieg is apparently having trouble appealing to some voters, though.
The State reports:
Buttigieg focus groups found being gay ‘a barrier’ for some black South Carolina voters
Internal focus groups conducted by Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign this summer reveal a key reason why he is struggling with African-American voters: some see his sexuality as a problem.
The 21-page report, conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group with black Democratic South Carolina voters in mid-July and obtained exclusively by McClatchy, found that “being gay was a barrier for these voters, particularly for the men who seemed deeply uncomfortable even discussing it. … [T]heir preference is for his sexuality to not be front and center.”
While the report stated that Buttigieg’s sexuality was not a “disqualifier” for these voters, some of the focus group participants questioned why Buttigieg even brought it up.
“That’s not my thing but I wouldn’t want to know that as a candidate,” said one female participant under 40. “Too much information.”
“I’ll go ahead and say it,” said a male participant. “I don’t like the fact that he threw out there that he lives with his husband.”
South Carolina is a pretty important primary state for Democrats.
This is going to be a problem for Pete.