Nick Merrill, a Clinton adviser and spokesman, known as Buttigieg’s months-old feedback “indefensible.”
Buttigieg, 37, has fashioned a presidential exploratory committee, and if elected can be the youngest president in US historical past and the primary married homosexual president.
Extra just lately, Buttigieg weighed in on the 2016 election cycle and mentioned in an interview with “The Breakfast Membership,” a New York Metropolis-based radio present, “We spent, I feel, means an excessive amount of time on our aspect speaking about him.” He added, “Our entire message was do not vote for him as a result of he’s horrible. And even as a result of he’s, that’s not a message.”
Buttigieg’s spokesperson had no remark when reached by CNN.
In a current interview with CNN’s Van Jones on “The Van Jones Present,” Buttigieg talked extra broadly about being a small city mayor in a crimson state, and what he believed motivated voters to prove for Trump in 2016.
He mentioned he believed “there is a sense of hostility to the system, to the financial and political system that we reside in — and that a part of what’s motivated a few of these voters shouldn’t be flawed.
“Do not get me flawed, I am not making any excuse for among the express appeals to racism that have been made and, in some instances, labored,” he continued. “However on the similar time, we have additionally bought to acknowledge that if we come off — if (Trump’s) saying the system is rigged, and the way in which he is saying it’s twisted and probably not true, however there is a kernel of fact in there — and we seem like we are the ones saying, oh no, the system is completely high-quality — then we have got an issue.”
He mentioned Democrats are “experiencing this temptation to say, first, you recognize, that is chaos — the White Home is chaotic, we won’t go on like this, it is tearing us aside. That half’s true.
“However the second half that’s tempting is to say — due to this fact, let’s return. Let’s return to regular — the issue is regular wasn’t working for lots of people,” he mentioned.
“Over a long time, and Republican and Democratic presidents have allow us to down and Democrats cannot take it again to the ’90s, any greater than Conservatives can take it again to the ’50s.”
The interview with Jones is slated to air Saturday at 7 p.m., ET, on CNN.
CNN’s Dan Merica contributed to this report.