Pete Buttigieg doesn't want to give President Trump his attention.
Yet that's just what the 2020 candidate did during an interview with The Washington Post's Robert Costa broadcast live on Thursday. After asserting that "any energy that goes [Trump's] way ... turns into a form of food. He just devours it and gets bigger," Buttigieg went on to dispute the legitimacy of Trump's bone spur exception to the Vietnam War draft.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and an Afghanistan veteran, has noticeably avoided talking about Trump on the campaign trail. Still, Buttigieg said Thursday he has to respond "when [Trump] lies" or "when he does something wrong." A prime example of that seems to be when Trump "use[d] his privileged status to fake a disability to avoid serving in Vietnam," Buttigieg continued.
Also in the Thursday interview, Buttigieg agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) assessment that Trump engaged in a "cover up." When asked if Trump is a racist, Buttigieg said "I think so." Kathryn Krawczyk
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had some words of wisdom to impart upon the graduating class of 2018 at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he gave a commencement address Wednesday. Tillerson criticized the "growing crisis in ethics and integrity" in "the state of our American democracy," NBC News reported.
Tillerson, who was fired via a tweet from President Trump in March, strongly condemned leaders who "conceal the truth," saying that it could lead to "relinquishing our freedom." Despite never mentioning Trump or the administration outright, Tillerson's remarks seemed "laser-focused" on the president, The Hillreported.
It was previously reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron" while in office, and in his farewell address, he called Washington, D.C. a "mean-spirited town." Continuing that admonishment of Washington, the former secretary of state warned in his commencement speech that a lack of commitment to the truth "strikes at the very heart of a free society," and insisted that action is needed to prevent democracy from "entering its twilight years."