In a master class lesson on how to deal with a disruptive MAGA heckler, former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg managed to politely shut down a heckler in Florida while also getting the Trump supporter to denounce white supremacy.
Buttigieg’s Wednesday night remarks on behalf of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris were interrupted by a man wearing cargo shorts and a MAGA hat, seemingly livestreaming his stunt.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a president who will serve him just as enthusiastically as he will serve us,” Buttigieg said as security placed their bodies between the Trump supporter and Buttigieg.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a president who cares just as much about protecting the lives of those that protest us as those who stand at our side?” Buttigieg went on as the heckler walked toward the podium.
“Don’t you feel a little sorry for a president who finds it necessary to draw this kind of support?” Buttigieg continued. “But it’s ok sir because when Joe Biden is president you will be safer too!”
Minutes later, some of those who came to hear Buttigieg’s speech attempted to remove the heckler but Buttigieg waved them off in hopes of avoiding a physical altercation.
“But dude, can I finish my remarks?” the former mayor said directly to the heckler. “Are you afraid to hear what I have to say? Yes, are you afraid of what I have to say?”
“Yes, are you afraid of what I have to say?” Buttigieg chuckled before asking the man: “Do you denounce white supremacy?”
When the heckler responded in the affirmative, Buttigieg responded: “Good, then we agree on something. That’s a beginning point.”
“See if you can get your president to do the same thing!” Buttigieg added.
Pete Buttigieg for the win.
This is a with a master class on handling a MAGA heckler in Florida and got the guy to denounce white supremacy in the process… pic.twitter.com/L2DSRer4Pd
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) October 29, 2020
This is not the first time Pete kept his cool while being heckled on the campaign trail.
And he’s always been this good. https://t.co/uNWjMwI7BV
— PolitiSnark🐝 😎 (@SnowflakeSnark) October 29, 2020