Pete buttigieg | Buttigieg: I wouldn’t have pushed for Franken to step down

Pete buttigieg | Buttigieg: I wouldn’t have pushed for Franken to step down

In contrast to other Democratic presidential contenders who did call for Al Franken’s resignation following allegations of sexual misconduct in December 2017, Pete Buttigieg stated on Monday that he wouldn’t have “applied that pressure” to Franken to resign from the Senate.

Buttigieg stated, “I think he decided to make” resign. “However, I believe that it has been used against us because we essentially held him to a higher standard than the GOP does their individuals.”

In an hour-long town hall meeting on Monday night in Fresno, California, Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, fielded a barrage of questions from Chris Matthews of MSNBC. He responded to inquiries about the president’s trade policy, gun control, and his thoughts on impeachment.

When questioned about Franken, though, Buttigieg said that he “would not have exerted that pressure at that time, before we knew more,” if he had been in the Senate at the time. It’s “not a negative thing that we hold ourselves to a higher level,” Buttigieg continued.

After eight women accused the Minnesota senator of sexual misconduct and inappropriate touching, nearly all of the Democratic senators running for president, led by Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, called for Franken to resign. In a town hall on Fox News on Sunday, Gillibrand defended her position, saying: “If a few Democratic donors are upset that I stood up for eight women, that’s on them.”

Additionally, Buttigieg made a clear case for Trump’s impeachment and stated that if he were a member of the House, he would vote to start the impeachment process. Buttigieg continued, “even though I’ve shown myself to be ambitious by running for president, I’d also think twice before giving Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, strategic counsel.

Buttigieg was questioned during the town hall about why he is the best candidate for president, especially when he is up against multiple women who, according to one questioner, “are kind of better qualified.”

Buttigieg declared, “We ought to have a woman in the White House right now. He then turned the conversation to his credentials as the mayor of a Midwest industrial community and his time in the military, remarking that his background is “a little bit different.”

Buttigieg also listed his policy commitments regarding women’s access to abortion, such as his promise to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions, and his implementation of a litmus test to make sure Supreme Court justices “are those who share my view that freedom includes freedom to practice one’s religion.” Make choices regarding your own body.

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