Mayor Pete is running on a platform of responsibility. To his supporters, he's a breath of fresh air after the chaos of Trump. Buttigieg is a kind of a whiz-kid. He went to Harvard, was a Rhodes scholar, served in the military, and became mayor of South Bend, Indiana at the age of 29. He's been able to launch his campaign from nothing to becoming a fundraising darling among the Democratic donor class.
Buttigieg's supporters say he's been facing an unfair amount of criticism—he's actually done incredibly well for himself despite his outsider status. Despite early skepticism, he's already beaten out senators, representatives, governors, and billionaires.
Buttigieg's critics say he's clearly on the side of the wealthy and elite. Wall Street has embraced him for his policies—he doesn't want to impose a tax on the rich like Sanders and Warren. But being friends with Wall Street doesn't necessarily translate to a win in the 200. In fact, according to Politico, one of their polls showed 76% of Americans believed the rich should pay more in taxes. That could spell trouble for Mayor Pete.
His critics also say he's been unable to attract minority voters. He's been especially criticized for his inability to connect with Black voters—a key constituency if hopes to win the nomination and ultimately the presidency. Democratic presidential candidate Julián Casto criticized Buttigieg for this in an interview with the New York Times:
“It is very risky to nominate a candidate that can’t attract black and Latino voters,” Mr. Castro said during an interview. “He’s going by the old playbook of following the focus groups, going by what political consultants tell you. If we’ve learned anything from Donald Trump, unfortunately in a bad way, it’s that focus grouping and poll testing ain’t the way that you’re going to win.”