South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg didn't back down when asked if he believed President Donald Trump faked a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam.
When asked if he believed Trump should've served in Vietnam, Buttigieg asserted that he had a "pretty dim view of [Trump's] decision to fake a disability" in order to avoid service. The interviewer asked for clarification: "You believe he faked a disability?"
Mayor Pete didn't back down:
"Do you believe he has a disability? At least not that one. This is actually really important because I don’t mean to trivialize disability, but I think that’s exactly what he did.”
Question: "You believe [President Trump] faked a disability?" Pete Buttigieg: "Do you believe he has a disability?… https://t.co/gyZmlysTbj— The Hill (@The Hill)1558626559.0
Buttigieg has served in Afghanistan, but Trump infamously avoided the draft to Vietnam five times due to college and then "bone spurs." Some outlets have reported that the podiatrist's bone spur diagnosis was done as a favor to Trump's father, Fred Trump.
People applauded Buttigieg's statement.
@thehill Mayor Pete is on fire this week.— @realliveDee🌊🌊🌊 (@@realliveDee🌊🌊🌊)1558626841.0
@thehill This is off-the-cuff. He’s down-to-earth, direct, compassionate, (unintentionally?) funny. A brilliant zinger from Buttigieg.— Graham-ma (@Graham-ma)1558627043.0
Trump wasn't spared in the comments either.
@thehill How many avid golfers suffer from bone spurs?— Jon Ludwig (@Jon Ludwig)1558626651.0
@thehill Has any member of the Trump Family ever served in the Military? I believe the answer is NO! Pretty sure th… https://t.co/0HyxMJs0HO— Stephen Cwalinski (@Stephen Cwalinski)1558627943.0
@thehill That was just one deferment. We may not know about his bone spurs. But we know he has no education— welladriansays (@welladriansays)1558627979.0
Way to go, Mayor Pete.