South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is shamelessly attempting to appropriate the legacy of Frederick Douglass, a self-proclaimed black Republican.

As a Frederick Douglass Republican, I’m not surprised to see a Democrat politician invoke my hero to promote his plan for Black America. Douglass’ expressed ideas were and still are Republican at their roots.

In a desperate attempt to woo black voters, Buttigieg unveiled what he calls his “Douglass Plan,” thinking that the name will appeal to black voters.

Buttigieg’s plan and approach are disingenuous.

Remarkably, the Buttigieg Campaign used a stock picture of a woman in Kenya to promote its initiatives geared toward African Americans, then hurriedly removed the image after people pointed out the distinction — a clear sign that the mayor’s team gave little thought to the rollout of the plan.

As I have stated for years, the political philosophy of Frederick Douglass boils down to 11 life-empowering values: (1) Respect for the U.S. Constitution; (2) Respect for life; (3) Belief in the limited power of government; (4) Personal responsibility; (5) Legal immigration; (6) Economic prosperity; (7) Free speech; (8) School choice; (9) Religious freedom; (10) The right to bear arms; and (11) Women’s rights.

Buttigieg stands for NONE of these values.

For instance, he does not support the pro-life movement, and has promised to appoint judges who would refuse to protect the unborn, possibly even right up until the moment of or after their birth, based on his belief that on-demand abortion “is a national right.”

Buttigieg does not believe in the limited power of government. His environmental plan alone would cost taxpayers around $2 trillion — and that doesn’t even include the devastating fiscal impact of the job-killing regulations.

Buttigieg doesn’t respect our Constitution. He envisions eliminating the Electoral College without a constitutional amendment. 

President Trump has actually achieved significant benefits for all Americans, especially African Americans, by adhering closely to Douglass’ life-empowering values.

Frederick Douglass, America’s Greatest Liberty Messenger

Thanks to his pro-growth economic policies — particularly his commitment to slash job-killing regulations and cut taxes for the middle class — the black unemployment rate recently dropped to its lowest point in the history of our country. The economic opportunity this President created by reining in the federal government is showing an entire generation of Americans that personal responsibility offers far greater rewards than dependency on the government handouts that Democrats offer.

Buttigieg and the Democrat field want to co-opt Frederick Douglass, a black Republican, and give zero credit to the working policies of President Trump.

KCarl Smith
KCarl Smith

The foremost expert on diversity outreach, the Trump Campaign recently selected KCarl to serve as an Advisory Board Member, Black Voices for Trump. A bestselling author and highly sought-after speaker, KCarl is the creator of the Frederick Douglass Republican Engagement Strategy, a powerful and proven persuasive messaging approach—developed through years of real-world successes. For more than 11 years, KCarl has empowered thousands of Conservatives with his proprietary, game-changing diversity outreach best practice. KCarl is the author of, Frederick Douglass Republicans: The Movement to Re-Ignite American’s Passion for Liberty. In 2011, an upper level executive of the NAACP, who wishes to remain anonymous, read KCarl’s book and commented, “If the message in KCarl’s book gets national attention, the Democratic Party will be a thing of the past.”

    4 replies to "Buttigieg Attempts to Co-Opt Frederick Douglass"

    • Germaine

      I keep your book, Frederick Douglass Republicans, close at hand. A good read for all Americans. .

      • KCarl Smith

        Hello Germaine, thank you for your comment.

    • Steve Russell

      Unfortunately he is ignorant of culture America history and the like. It’s not surprising he is using one of America’s greatest treasures to pander to the African American community.

    • Dr. Karen M.S. Hiltz

      Yes, when I heard him mention “Frederick Douglass” in last night debate, I immediately thought of KCarl and his book. Thank you for what you do and really enjoyed listening to you speak at the Republican Women of Indian River, FL in January.

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