In the shadows of politics, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg has been advising presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
New polls show Buttigieg has risen to 3rd in the Democrat presidential race in the key primary state of Iowa.
What you should know.
Bloomberg News is reporting that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been quietly advising 2020 White House hopeful and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on who he should hire for his campaign staff as Pete makes his push for the nomination by the Democrat Party.
Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are advising Buttigieg to hire specific people for specific jobs in his campaign.
Nina Wornhoff has been hired as Pete's new data manager. She was previously a "machine learning engineer" at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the couple's philanthropic arm.
Eric Mayefsky, formerly with Facebook, is now Pete's digital analytics adviser.
It appears there may be more Facebook employees joining the Pete Buttigieg campaign for the presidency of the United States.
Bloomberg, a Leftist publication, says "this is a rare example of direct political involvement from one of tech's most powerful executives.
What's the connection?
The two have crossed paths in the past. In 2017, Zuckerberg and Buttigieg, both Harvard Alumni, hosted a Facebook Live discussion during the Facebook CEO's Midwest listening tour.
Although Buttigieg told the press a couple of months ago he supported more regulations on Silicon Valley giants like Facebook, the relationship between Zuckerberg and Buttigieg is on the rise.
So are Pete's poll numbers. USA Today is reporting that polls show Pete has risen to 3rd place in the important Iowa primary. The same poll shows Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren hold a lead---Biden 18%, Warren 17%---Buttigieg has risen to 13%.
Why Buttigieg is rising?
Certainly, Facebook people, who have created much of the social media complex, are helping Buttigieg.
He's also raising a lot of money. The homosexual community is writing checks. Many checks. So is Hollywood and media owners. He is their hero, advocate and banner boy.
In reporting on his stellar fundraising a few weeks ago, the New York Times said, "But the poll results indicate that Mr. Buttigieg's fund-raising haul has not so far elevated him into the first tier of the campaign's 19-candidate field.
Celebrities are putting their money behind Buttigieg. Actors Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox, Sharon Stone, Star Trek's George Takei, singer Barbara Streisand, and former "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston are contributing.
So are Mandy Moore, former national security adviser Susan Rice---and even James Murdoch, the son of Rubert Murdoch, who owns Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and a number of other news/entertainment companies worldwide.
The New York Times can relax regarding Buttigieg's money not elevating him in the race. Now it has.
The many faces of Pete Buttigieg.
When Buttigieg first entered the presidential race, he did so as a homosexual who is married to another man, whom Pete calls his "husband," calling on people to not be bigots, be tolerant, etc., toward his candidacy.
He explained that God had made him "this way" and we must accept it.
Then he began to bash Christians whom he perceived "did not" accept him "this way." He explained how his own church, the Episcopal Church, had taught him love, not bigotry, and how his "marriage" to his husband had "brought him closer to God."
He said this as he launched his campaign:
It’s something that frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable. Here you have somebody [Trump] that not only acts in a way that’s not consistent with anything I hear in scripture or church where it is about lifting up the least among us and taking care of strangers which is another word for immigrants, and making sure that you are focusing your efforts on the poor. Also personally how you’re supposed to conduct yourself, not chest pumping look at me-ism but humbling yourself among others. Foot washing is a central image in the New Testament. We see the diametric opposite of that in this presidency.
I think there was a cynical process where he decided to, for example, begin to pretend to be pro-life and govern accordingly. Which was good enough to bring many evangelicals over to his side. But even on the version of Christianity that you hear from the religious right, which is about sexual ethics, I can’t believe that somebody who was caught writing hush money checks to adult-film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation.
Then he took on Vice President Mike Pence's Christianity:
That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator. It’s hard to face the truth that there were times in my life when, if you had shown me exactly what it was inside me that made me gay, I would have cut it out with a knife.
During last week's nationally televised Democrat debate, Pete changed faces. He introduced a new mask. He morphed from bashing tens of millions of evangelical Christians who voted for Trump rather than Hillary, to becoming the "healer of our land."
He closed last week's debate with this appeal:
"I believe only the president can build a sense of belonging and purpose for the entire country. Thew purpose of the presidency is not the glorification of the president. It is the unification of the American people. I'm asking for your vote to be that president."
Certainly the mark of Zuckerberg is all over this transformation from evangelical Christian basher to healer and unifier.
Can Zuckerberg and the Hollywood/entertainment celebrities lead this man to his starring role?
I personally think they can. I think they want to dispose of Biden and Warren and Bernie and replace the old with the new---a new fresh face that truly represents "progress."
Pete Buttigieg is Harvard educated, good looking by some accounts, a "Christian," a homosexual married to a man whose marriage has brought him closer to God---and now a person that can heal our land of its strife and bigotry.
And he is a fraud.
Fox News and other news sources are reporting that Pete's "brother-in-law"--- brother to Pete's "husband" Chasten Glezman-Buttigieg, is accusing Pete's campaign of misrepresenting the Glezman family for personal gain.
The brother, Rhyan Glezman, is a pastor of the Evangelical Community Church of God in Clio, MI. Rhyan says the story about his brother being kicked out of the home and rejected when he said he was gay is not true. Neither was his family poor. They are middle class and Chasten was cared for and not kicked out when he decided to live a homosexual lifestyle.
Pastor Rhyan Glezman says, "If that's all you've got to stand on, you're not fit to be President of the United States."
While Hollywood and social media are staging Pete for his big performance---it appears that when the curtain is pulled, that is, in fact, about all he's got to "stand on."
Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Vote.