In perhaps one of the cringe-worthiest moments in a presidential campaign already riddled with gaffes, blunders and verbal stumbles, South Bend Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg recently told a crowd in South Carolina that his campaign doesn’t take “black money.”
The Democratic contender, who is already struggling heavily to gin up support among black voters, quickly corrected himself, saying it’s “dark money” that he refuses to accept. Unfortunately, that didn't make his screw-up any less uncomfortable.
“I am not a fan of the current campaign finance system…There are things we can and should do right away,” Buttigieg began.
“We can do away with black money – sorry, dark money,” he continued, clearly not knowing where to go from there.
“African American money," host Charlamagne tha God chimed in, prompting laughter from the crowd.
“I’m always happy to take black money contributions into my campaign,” Buttigieg awkwardly joked.
“'Dark money' refers to when you can’t identify the funding that goes into these SuperPACs,” he tried to explain.
Pete accidentally calls “dark money” “black money” while speaking to a room of black people. He then makes it so awkward that it physically hurt to watch this video.— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 11, 2020
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