Pete Buttigieg responds to criticism over comment

Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg — who many were calling on to run for president in 2020 — issued a response to criticism over a recent post on Facebook. In it, Buttigieg used the term “dude” as a kind of code-word for his views.

On Facebook Friday, the 34-year-old wrote: “Those who are angry about my ‘dude’ comments likely don’t know what I really think and take it personally.”

Buttigieg also noted that “I do appreciate that in some corners of the internet they took the time to build one of the most extensive webs of fanfiction ever written about me.”

The post prompted a wide range of reactions from journalists, as well as on Twitter. Former president Barack Obama urged Buttigieg to run for president in 2020 in a tweet. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the favorite of the Democratic political establishment, also weighed in:

A Twitter user with the handle @PeteButtigieg caught the attention of many by pointing out that Buttigieg’s Facebook comment came from his personal account rather than one managed by his official campaign.

And a woman who identified herself as former Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she “begged him to consider running for President last time around. Will now need to pray that my life changes so that one day, I can bless other people that will find their own voices in the political system.”

The woman, who was married to Duckworth when the two were in Congress, added: “Oh dear god. Pete. Please. Run for President! Run for President of the United States Pete. You’re the best person ever to attempt it, and you won’t disappoint.”

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