Claims president has turned Washington ‘into a reality show’
Democratic 2020 whippersnapper Pete Buttigieg has declared that America has become a “continuing horror show” under Donald Trump’s presidency, claiming that the president has turned the political system “into a reality show.”
Speaking during an interview ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, South Bend, IN Mayor Buttigieg blamed President Trump for the ongoing divisions in Washington DC, while also calling on citizens to “respond” to “the nonsense coming out of the White House.”
Buttigieg said, “It’s a continuing horror show right now in Washington, and you have a president who has turned the entire thing into a reality show.
“We’ve got to completely change the channel and make sure that we respond to all of the distractions and the nonsense coming out of the White House, not just by calling him to account but by returning consistently to the question of how American lives are shaped by those decisions.”
Pete Buttigieg to @MarthaRaddatz: “It’s a continuing horror show right now in Washington. And you have a president who has turned the entire thing into a reality show. We’ve got to completely change the channel” https://t.co/LqbnX8uTU4 pic.twitter.com/aezhrOO1t6
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 26, 2019
Buttigieg also ripped into Trump over reports he was considering whether to pardon convicted and alleged war criminals.
Mayor Buttigieg told Martha Raddatz that “one of the things that protects our troops morally and physically is the knowledge that if anybody in uniform does commit a crime, they will be held accountable by military justice.”
“For a president, especially a president who never served, to say he’s going to come in and overrule that system of military justice undermines the very foundations, legal and moral, of this country,” he added.
On Friday, amid reports that Trump could issue such pardons over Memorial Day weekend, the president told reporters at the White House that he hasn’t “made any decisions yet,” according to NBC.
“There’s two or three of them right now,” he said.
“It’s a little bit controversial.
“It’s very possible that I’ll let the trials go on, and I’ll make my decision after the trial.”
“Some of these soldiers are people that have fought hard and long,” Trump added.
“You know, we teach them how to be great fighters, and then when they fight, sometimes they get really treated very unfairly.”
Buttigieg lambasted the latter remark, saying: “The idea that being sent to war turns you into a murderer is exactly the kind of thing that those of us who have served have been trying to beat back for more than a generation.”
“Frankly, [Trump’s] idea that being sent to fight makes you automatically into some sort of war criminal is a slander against veterans that could only come from someone who never served,” he added.
Presdient Trump’s main 2016 rival Hillary Clinton also chimed in on the news by calling his reported actions “grotesque.”
This is grotesque. https://t.co/CvFf9rPO2H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 20, 2019
Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration had requested the necessary paperwork to pardon a series of accused or convicted war criminals — possibly as soon as Memorial Day weekend.
Those accused or convicted war criminals were involved in shooting unarmed civilians or killing prisoners.
The best known of those cases is that or Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who is accused of killing an Iraqi prisoner.
That news came after Trump this month pardoned Michael Behenna, a soldier who was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner.