Pete Buttigieg is once again under the spotlight of controversy for receiving political donations from McKinsey & Co for his presidential campaign. Several immigrant rights groups have asked Buttigieg’s presidential campaign to return more than $50,000 received from the consulting firm.
The groups alleged that the firm has aided and advised the White House Officials and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to implement its current deportation policies, including cost-cutting on various fronts.
Center for Popular Democracy Action, Make the Road Action, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Action, and United We Dream Action have requested the South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg to return the political donations.
The request was made in response to the report published in past days on how McKinsey & Co advised cost-cutting to ICE on food, supervision and medical care to immigrants in custody, in an attempt to save money. Moreover, the consulting firm also aided ICE in devising measures to fasten the deportation proceedings.
Earlier too, Buttigieg had received severe criticism after a photo from 2017, of him volunteering at the anti-gay Salvation Army, resurfaced online.
The prime reason behind the criticism was majorly because the Salvation Army has quite often been accused of discriminating against the queer people.
Recently, Buttigieg again became the subject of criticism for his controversial comments about minority and low-income students, back in 2011. His statement was not only insulted the students, but also brought forward the issue of systemic racism, which the colored community faces in the country on a regular basis.
Pete Buttigieg’s past association with McKinsey & Co has initiated attacks from other Democratic hopefuls, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Warren has called out the South Bend Mayor to release all his political donations and details of private fundraisers to the media so that the voters know about the possible conflict of interests and support the presidential hopeful accordingly.
The resurfacing of the controversial photos and videos, especially with less than two weeks for sixth democratic debate and nearing Iowa presidential primaries might be the efforts to steer away the supporters from Buttigieg presidential campaign or cripple his rising popularity and making his chances of being a frontrunner in Democratic presidential hopeful race bleak.