- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2019

“The View” co-host Joy Behar says South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg should put his own house in order before considering a run for president.

“I love Mayor Pete very much. I think he’s terrific,” Ms. Behar, a Democrat, prefaced her comments on Monday’s show.

“But I have this feeling that these guys who are running who are mayors and governors should keep doing their jobs until they can fix … When you’re the mayor or the governor, it’s almost like being the father or the mother of the family, and to leave South Bend now and run for president seems like an unfinished job,” she said.

Ms. Behar compared Mr. Buttigieg’s political aspirations to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also running for president.

“We have a rat population that has risen 38% in New York,” Ms. Behar said. “Fix the rat problem first. … Same with Pete. Fix what’s going on in South Bend. It’s a small population. Do your job first there and then run for president. That’s my feeling.”

Ms. Behar’s comments come after Mr. Buttigieg faced an angry town hall meeting on Sunday in South Bend over the fatal police shooting of a black man, 54-year-old Eric Jack Logan. The mayor was repeatedly shouted down by angry residents who claimed the city hasn’t done enough to protect black people.

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin on Monday’s show that Mr. Buttigieg has “a problem with the African American community” in his city.

“And I thought he did a really piss-poor job of listening to those people in that town hall and feeling the pain,” added co-host Meghan McCain, the show’s resident Republican.

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