Pete Buttigieg is rising in the polls in Iowa but he has some serious problems.
He is not connecting with black voters.
His campaign attempted to address this by releasing a plan for black people in America but they used stock photos of people from Kenya.
FOX News reports:
Buttigieg websites on ‘Black America’ plans used stock photos of minorities
Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has scrubbed a photo of a black woman and child from a section of his website devoted to the Democratic presidential candidate’s plan to battle racial inequality.
The problem – as first reported by The Intercept’s Ryan Grim – was that the image was a stock photo of a woman in Kenya who apparently has nothing to do with the campaign.
But Fox News has learned that the photo mix-up was far from an isolated case for the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s White House campaign. Its website has used other stock pictures of black individuals seemingly unaffiliated with the campaign, especially in promoting “the Douglass Plan,” which is billed as an investment in the “empowerment of black America.”
While campaigns have long used generic stills and clips in ads and elsewhere, they sometimes do so at their own peril. And for Buttiegieg – who’s soared to top-tier status in recent weeks, particularly in Iowa, but still struggles with black voters who compose roughly one-fifth of the primary electorate – the dust-up over stock photos falls within a sensitive area for the campaign. It comes as he’s launching a new effort to court black voters with series of events surrounding Wednesday’s Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta.
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The Buttigieg campaign using a stock photo of a Kenyan woman for its Douglass Plan for Black America is now news in Kenya.
The woman in the photo reached out to me very confused. One story here: https://t.co/H217w3QXdw
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) November 17, 2019
This looks so bad.
Yesterday Pete Buttigieg put out a list of 400 Black South Carolinians that endorse him/his plan.
-A lot of the people are confused because they didn’t endorse.
-42 percent of the list is white.
-They used stock photos from Kenya.
Yet we have heard nothing from his campaign.
— Rachel R. Gonzalez (@RachelRGonzalez) November 16, 2019
Let me get this straight: Pete Buttigieg not only LIED and claimed a bunch of white people on his list of Douglass Plan supporters were black, he also exaggerated the level of support he’d received from actual black community officials in SC.
Put a fork in him, he’s done.
— Shannon (@TheStagmania) November 15, 2019
This is definitely going to hurt his campaign.