Called Out

Buttigieg on Trump’s social media summit: ‘He invited the YouTube comments section to the White House’

During a campaign stop in Dover, New Hampshire this Friday, South Bend, Indiana Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg took a swipe at President Trump’s social media summit that was held at the White House this Thursday.

“We can’t let this whole conversation be about the president,” Buttigieg said according to the Washington Examiner.

“Why do you think the president … basically the president of the United States invited the comments section off YouTube to join him in the Rose Garden and then let everybody watch the show?” he asked.

“Why would he do that?” Buttigieg continued. “Well, the show is mesmerizing. Like all grotesque things, the show is hard to look away from.

Buttigieg went on to say that the American people have “got to walk and chew gum at the same time.”

“When [Trump] lies, we’ve got to name the lie and tell the truth. When he does something wrong, we’ve got to confront it and move right back to our center of gravity, which is how we make your life better off because the less we’re talking about him, the more we’re talking about you.”

The summit made news for the online characters who were invited. At one point, a confrontation broke out between former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka and Playboy’s White House correspondent, Brian Karem. Video from the event shows Gorka yelling at Karem, who in turn told Gorka to “go outside and have a long conversation.”

Featured image via Marc Nozell/Michael Vadon (Flickr)

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