On Sunday, the anniversary of Senator John McCain’s death, Mayor Pete Buttigieg made note of the openness Trump has sucked out of the Republican Party (among other things).
Said Buttigieg: “John McCain did a remarkable job of reaching out to people of different persuasions. He was very convincing to independents because he did not appear to be dogmatic and he really prided himself, I think, on openness – especially with the press. I have taken a lot of lessons from that, even though my values and ideas are very different than his were. I do think he had that capacity to see across the aisle, to partner with others. Something that is on desperately short supply in the Republican Party right now. I think they are poorer as a party for having evolved from the party of John McCain to the party of Donald Trump.”