Columbia, South Carolina – Sometimes oratory – a flair for a good soundbite – can be dangerous and revealing, as former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg found out after the South Carolina debate. As Queerty reports. during the debate Bernie Sanders became a popular target among the remaining field of candidates and Buttigieg prepared a zinger to go after Sanders’ reverence for the “revolutionary politics of the 1960s,” and it’s not sitting well with many queer voters. “I am not looking forward to a scenario where it comes down to Donald Trump with his nostalgia for the social order of the 1950s, and Bernie Sanders with a nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of the 1960s,” Buttigieg said at the debate, drawing what many view as a false equivalence between the fear-driven nationalism Trump exploits and the passion of the left to affect change. Buttigieg was clearly pleased with the line, as evidenced by him repeating it on Twitter:

But then he deleted the tweet. Why? It could have something to do with this response: “Pete Guttigieg hating on the ‘revolutionary politics of the 1960s’ that gave us the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, second-wave feminism, the anti-war movement, and the Stonewall Riots is – comfortably dumb,” was one tweet. “Pete Buttigieg wouldn’t be able to run for president as an openly gay man but for the ‘revolutionary politics of the 60s,’ read another. “Literally gay liberation grew directly from the ‘revolutionary politics’ of the 60s. [Buttigieg] is able to stand on that stage because of revolutionary queers,” read a third.

Obviously, Buttigieg realized the oopsie on that one. The people that were offended definitely have a point. Pete has to be careful about attacking the past generations. They are the ones that actually show up to vote and they did live through the battles. (Queerty – Dan Tracer at queerty.com/gay-twitter-lot-say-deleted-tweet-mayor-pete-20200227)

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