Buttigieg on Disruption: "It Shows Where Politics Has Come To"

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Buttigieg on Disruption: "It Shows Where Politics Has Come To"

The South Bend mayor says he has a good relationship with African-Americans in his city.

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--While South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg talked about diversity while campaigning in South Carolina, an event meant to celebrate his relationship with the black community in South Bend was disrupted. In an interview with NBC in South Carolina, Buttigieg said he's disappointed in what he saw.

"It's unfortunate and it shows what politics has come to, especially for somebody to interrupt an African-American woman who is speaking about her truth and her experience," said Buttigieg. 

LINK: Buttigieg's interview with NBC News

He's been in South Carolina to make up some political ground. While he leads polling in Iowa, South Bend's mayor lags at just 6 percent in South Carolina, well behind front-runner Joe Bidem, who was at 33 percent.

Buttigieg is also trying to overcome the notion that he doesn't have a good relationship with African-Americans in his own community.

"We need to continue making sure that everyone is empowered to speak their truth, their experience," he said. "When it comes to South Bend's story, I'm very proud of the supporters that we have and also very open to America seeing all of the different steps that we've been through and what that means for how a community can step forward and how a country can step forward."

Buttigieg said he's been learning about the diversity of the country and also the issues that we face in common on his campaign stops.

PHOTO: Pete Buttigieg on Twitter

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