The struggle between the progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic party is continuing to play out in strange ways. Some people on the far left who donated to Pete Buttigieg have now decided he is not progressive enough for their liking and are demanding refunds.

You couldn’t make this up.

Julia Conley writes at Common Dreams:

#RefundPete Trends as Early Backers Request Donations Back After Learning Buttigieg Not So Progressive After All

Though they initially viewed South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg as an intriguing and progressive newcomer when he began his presidential campaign early this year, the #RefundPete hashtag began trending Thursday morning on social media as a growing number of former donors started requesting their donations back in the wake of recent revelations about the 2020 Democratic candidate.

Kristen Hill, a volunteer community leader for the presidential primary campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in North Carolina, was one of the first voters to kick off the viral hashtag #RefundPete.

“If Pete Buttigieg fooled you into thinking he was a progressive at the beginning of his campaign and you donated what he thinks is pocket change, you can ask for a refund by emailing your receipt to [email protected],” Hill tweeted.

Here are some other examples:

Tyler MacDonald of Inquisitr provides some background on the change of heart:

Supporters See #RefundPete Spread On Twitter, Ask For Donations Back

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has recently faced scrutiny for his closed-door fundraisers and work at McKinsey. He has since opened his fundraiser doors to the media and released a list of his clients from his time at McKinsey ⁠ — a record that appears to have sparked even more scrutiny. Amid this scrutiny, some have taken to Twitter to push the “#RefundPete” hashtag to express their disappointment with Buttigieg and ask his campaign to return their donation, encouraging others to do the same…

The trend comes not long after Buttigieg revealed one of his clients at McKinsey was Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), a federation of United States health insurance companies. According to Business for Medicare for All President Wendell Potter, BCBS is part of the current healthcare system purportedly “built to deny people medical care” and hit them with large bills ⁠ — a system he claims Buttigieg’s health care plan is designed to protect.

Buttigieg was asked about his far left critics during a recent event but made sure to remind viewers that he shares their values:

It’ll be fascinating to see if and how this issue comes up at the next Democrat debate on Thursday.


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