Fact Check : Did Pete Buttigieg Attend a “Stop Sanders Movement” Meeting Held by Corporate Donors, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer?

Clarifying misleading articles and countering fake news will be critical to ensuring a radical centrist candidate heads the Democratic ticket in 2020. Starting today, DoucheLeaks is launching a Fact-Checking department dedicated to countering unwelcome narratives about the candidates. For our first fact-checking, we review the 4/16/19 New York Times article linked below. According to the article:

The matter of What To Do About Bernie and the larger imperative of party unity has, for example, hovered over a series of previously undisclosed Democratic dinners in New York and Washington organized by the longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz. The gatherings have included scores from the moderate or center-left wing of the party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California; Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., himself a presidential candidate; and the president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden.

So did Pete Buttigieg, Nancey Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Neera Tanden actually meet to strategize about defeating Bernie? Let’s dive in and fact-check this claim in order to make a fair assessment. From the NYT article:

How, some Democrats are beginning to ask, do they thwart a 70-something candidate from outside the party structure who is immune to intimidation or incentive and wields support from an unwavering base…

The quote above from the article contains the first obvious error. “ARE BEGINNING?” Anyone following politics, knows that Democrats have been asking this since 2105. Next:

There’s a growing realization that Sanders could end up winning this thing, or certainly that he stays in so long that he damages the actual winner,” said David Brock, the liberal organizer, who said he has had discussions with other operatives about an anti-Sanders campaign and believes it should commence “sooner rather than later.”

Again, the anti-Sanders campaign began in 2015. Terrible reporting. Moving on:

R. T. Rybak, the former Minneapolis mayor who was vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, complained bitterly about the party’s tilt toward Mrs. Clinton back then, and warned that it would backfire if his fellow mainstream Democrats “start with the idea that you’re trying to stop somebody.”

Rybak clearly missed the mark when he warned in 2016 about the damage it would do to the party if it engaged in trying to “stop somebody,” considering Hillary became the Popular Vote President. Why should anyone believe him now? Next:

On Saturday his campaign sent a blistering letter to the Center for American Progress, a Clinton-aligned liberal think tank, accusing them of abetting Mr. Trump’s attacks, of playing a “destructive” role in Democratic politics, and of being beholden to “the corporate money” they receive. 

Finally, this is the smoking gun that proves this article is nonsense. Calling the Center for American Progress a “Clinton-aligned liberal think tank” could not be more wrong. Clearly they’re now a Buttigieg-aligned liberal think tank.

CONCLUSION: Given these errors, I rate the claim that Buttigieg attended a “Stop Sanders Movement” meeting with party insiders and corporate donors as false, giving it 3 1/2 Douche bags.

As such, I encourage you not to read the article below.


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