South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE said on Friday that he shares a lot of the same beliefs as the individuals protesting the high-dollar fundraisers for his presidential campaign.
“It is a little strange because I think I share the same values and goals of a lot of these people,” the Democratic candidate told journalist Robert Costa at a Washington Post Live event.
Buttigieg added that he found it difficult to have a conversation with the protesters.
The mayor’s campaign has come under scrutiny for holding high-dollar fundraisers and announced on Monday that the events would be open to reporters and the names of campaign bundlers would be disclosed amid growing pressure from progressives over transparency.
Buttigieg held a number of fundraisers in New York City this week, including at the homes of tech investor Kevin Ryan and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Protesters gathered outside of the fundraisers, and could be heard chanting “Wall Street Pete.”
Buttigieg and his campaign have touted his campaign’s grassroots support in the face of the scrutiny, noting that it has raised nearly 2 million separate donations from over 700,000 individuals through the primary season.
The mayor also noted this week how much money would be needed to defeat Trump in the general election, given the president’s massive campaign bank balance.
“We are getting ready for the fight of our lives,” Buttigieg said on “CBS This Morning.”
“We’re going up against Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and his allies, who I believe raised $125 million just in the last quarter in order to stay in power. If somebody wants to contribute to my campaign to support us in taking on Donald Trump, then we’re going to need to bring everything we’ve got to that fight,” he said.
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