A little over a week ago, I wrote an article detailing how phony and fake a “climate emergency” statement was because it claimed that 11,000 scientists had signed on to it, pointing out how only 1% of those “scientists” were actual climate scientists and the rest were either scientists of a different field and therefore were not entirely trustworthy on the issue of climate change or were simply not scientists or NOT EVEN REAL PEOPLE, with Mickey Mouse and Professor Dumbledore having “signed” the statement. What that article has in common with today’s topic is in the theme of fictitious, phony crap.
You see, recently, mayor of South Bend Indiana and 2020 Democrat candidate Pete Buttigieg boasted having a list of 400 “black” people from South Carolina endorsing his “Douglass Plan”, a plan with the supposed aim of helping black people in America.
They boasted about how “hundreds of South Carolinians” were supporting the plan (and made it vague enough to make it look like they subsequently supported Mayor Pete) but there are a number of problems here.
First of all, 42% of the list of “black supporters” are white. The list doesn’t make it easy to find people who actually supported the plan, given that it only puts people’s names in the list and many have fairly common names like “James Wilson” or “Mary Williams”. But of the total 422 names on the list, only 297 are on South Carolina’s voter file. Of those that can be checked in the voter file, 184 of them are listed as “white”, so at least 42% of the entire list is white and 62% of the voter file list is white.
This is extremely similar in nature to what I was talking about before with the climate “emergency” statement. Now, I don’t know if Mickey Mouse is also listed as endorsing the “Douglass Plan”, but a good number of the people listed in the “black” supporters of the Plan are not black.
Second of all, it’s likely that not everyone in that list actually supports the Plan. State Rep. Ivory Thigpen is a Democrat from the state of South Carolina and is listed as one of three prominent endorsers of the “Douglass Plan”. So are Columbia City Councilmember Tameika Devine and SC Democrat Party Black Caucus Chair Johnnie Cordero. All three of them are listed as prominent endorsers of Mayor Pete’s plan, but upon learning about it, they all said they did not endorse it or him.
Councilmember Devine said that she endorsed the plan, but the e-mail was written in a way that made it look like she endorsed Buttigieg, which she did not. “Clearly from the number of calls I received about my endorsement, I think the way they put it out there wasn’t clear, that it was an endorsement of the plan, and that may have been intentionally vague. I’m political, I know how that works… I do think they probably put it out there thinking people wouldn’t read the fine print or wouldn’t look at the details or even contact the people and say, ‘Hey, you’re endorsing Mayor Pete?’”
State Rep. Thigpen, whom Councilwoman Devine says is a supporter of Mayor Pete, has actually endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President and said that it was “alarming” that his name would be shown there, because while he had made contact with the campaign, he thought he had made it perfectly clear to them that Crazy Bernie was his guy and was not supporting or endorsing Mayor Pete or his plan.
Dem Party Black Caucus Chair Johnnie Cordero also said that he did not support the mayor’s plan nor the mayor himself: “I never endorsed that plan. I don’t know how my name got on there…”. Cordero explained to The Intercept that he had asked the Buttigieg campaign questions regarding the Plan, such as who drafted the plan and if black people were involved in the creating of the plan, going along the line of thinking that black people should know best what it was that a plan should have to help black people in America, but that ultimately, he did not come to the decision to endorse it.
But regardless, all of them had some sort of issue or another with Mayor Pete’s e-mail and boasting of supposed black support for his campaign as a result of this Plan. The fact that some of them didn’t even know they were “endorsing” the plan brings me to my next and final point:
There was an “opt-out” option in the endorsement, not an “opt-in”, meaning that you automatically are registered as an endorser and supporter if you don’t read through the fine print and specifically reach out to the campaign to tell them you do not endorse the Plan.
This is, interestingly enough, a similar tactic to what Big Unions use to rob employees. The National Right To Work Foundation has an article about this, detailing a complaint an employee of United Airlines had against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) for requiring that he “opt-out” of paying union dues and fees despite the fact that he was not a member of the union and the union used sketchy tactics of forcing people to respond with little time about not wanting to have their paychecks deducted in “support” of the union.
It’s nothing short of Soviet-style theft and the National Right To Work Foundation is helping the United Airlines employee to sue the union giant for violating Supreme Court precedent regarding union dues and fees and for violating the man’s First Amendment rights afforded to him by the Constitution of the United States.
And this is the tactic the Buttigieg campaign opted to use (pun intended). If you’ve been contacted by the campaign about the Plan, you automatically endorse it unless you specifically tell them you don’t endorse it. And no indication is made that this is how it works, so many people are left officially “endorsing” the plan when they had not actually intended to do so.
I could only imagine the firestorm that would befall the Trump campaign if they employed similar tactics. And while many are, rightfully, bashing Mayor Pete for such sketchy tactics, others, such as The Washington Post, report that “Buttigieg persuaded hundreds of prominent black South Carolinians to sign onto the plan even if they are not supporting Buttigieg himself.”
The lie in this fake news article becomes very clear when you know the truth. Buttigieg FORCED hundreds of South Carolinians, not all of whom are black, to sign on to the plan that makes it look like they are supporting Mayor Pete and the three prominent black South Carolinians on the list either had a problem with the messaging or did not support either the plan or the mayor.
It’s extremely sketchy and very risky, considering he has virtually zero support among black people across the country, particularly in South Carolina. And it blew up on the guy’s face because of how obvious a farce the whole thing was.
Not that I expect anything less from someone who lies about being a Christian.
“For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve.”
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