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No single region of the United States is the “real America”


Eric Levitz lets Mayor Pete have it with both barrels, as he deserves:

On Wednesday, the former mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city argued that he is uniquely qualified to be president because he grew up in a state that has no ocean beaches.

“In the face of unprecedented challenges, we need a president whose vision was shaped by the American heartland rather than the ineffective Washington politics we’ve come to know and expect,” Pete Buttigieg explained to his Twitter followers.

Many Democrats found this argument unpersuasive. More specifically, progressives suggested that Buttigieg’s reverential invocation of the heartland was a racial dog whistle. After all, the term refers to the portion of the United States that does not touch any ocean, a region that, while vast and heterogenous, is decidedly more white than America’s major coastal cities.


Regardless of whether one considers paeans to the “heartland” to be inherently racist, it seems indisputable that they are inherently stupid.

Read the whole etc., vote for someone else in the primaries.

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