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Fake it… til you make it?
Sharp observers noticed something odd when sneaky Pete Buttigieg shared clips from his town hall with CNN.
Turns out Pete add fake applause to a clip that the campaign uploaded to social media.
According to Fox News,
In one of the clips, shared by Team Pete HQ from a town hall last year, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg pointed to statistical indicators that the current generation will be the first to not be as financially well off as the previous generation.
“To me, that is not just a concern for our generation, it’s a concern that calls on us to build an alliance among generations to try to make sure that the future really is better than the past,” Buttigieg told an attendee, sparking audible applause with a graphic plugging Thursday night’s televised event.
However, the Center for Popular Democracy Action, a group supporting fellow Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., resurfaced the original clip which did not feature any applause. Buttigieg further elaborated with his response, which later did receive some applause.
The group also compared a second clip that was shared by the Buttigieg campaign of an exchange between Buttigieg and CNN anchor Jake Tapper over the candidate’s name.
“Not Boot-a-judge,” Tapper asked for clarification.
“Either way, it gets you there,” Buttigieg responded, sparking some laughter and audible applause.
But the original clip of the exchange shows the laughter and no applause, with Buttigieg adding, “Back home, they just call me Mayor Pete.”
The evidence doesn’t lie.
CPD Action tweeted videos of the original CNN town hall clips with Pete’s altered versions.
You be the judge:
The fake applause caught the attention of supporters of socialist Bernie Sanders.
According to The Hill:
In the live CNN event on Thursday night, Buttigieg's answer did not compel the audience at Saint Anselm College to break into applause.
But in a clip shared by the campaign on social media, applause was added.
The audio edit was flagged by the Center for Democracy Action, a group that supports Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Buttigieg and Sanders, 78, just finished in a dead heat in Iowa, with both sides declaring victory in a contest marred by delays, errors and inconsistencies.
The campaign received some blowback after the clip made the rounds on social media from supporters of Sanders.
The videos started trending on Twitter, earning Pete a well deserved nickname: "Mayor Cheat."
Good ideas generate real excitement.
This is why thousands of people wait hours and hours for the opportunity to get into a Trump rally. People are excited to see Trump and to cheer on the greatness of America.
You know things are bad for Democrats when they have to add applause tracks to friendly town halls hosted by the corrupt media.