Jul 13, 2019 - Economy & Business

New Republic pulls "offensive" op-ed on Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the 25th Essence Festival at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 07.

Democratic Presidential candidate and Southbend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Photo:Josh Brasted/FilmMagic

The New Republic pulled down an article on Saturday that criticized Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg — which its editor-in-chief Win McCormack described as "inappropriate and offensive."

Details: The article by openly gay literary critic Dale Peck described Buttigieg as "the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom" and referred to the South Bend, Indiana, mayor as "Mary Pete" throughout, per NBC News, which notes there was a swift backlash to Friday's piece on social media.

  • TNR said it would no longer co-host a climate change forum for Democratic presidential hopefuls as a result of the article.

What he's saying: Buttigieg told AP he appreciated that article was taken down. "I don’t think it really reflects the New Republic that I know," he told the news agency.

This article has been updated to include Buttigieg's comments.

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