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Welcome to the ‘Tech Tuesday’ edition of the Internet Insider. Remember Pete Buttigieg? Well, he’s now a viral darling. (No, it’s not another “High Hopes” revival).
Here’s what we’ve got on deck this week:
- 2020’s biggest twist? The internet now loves Pete Buttigieg
- What is Section 230 and why does Washington want to meddle with it?
- Here’s what you need to know from Congress’ big tech antitrust report
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2020’s biggest twist? The internet now loves Pete Buttigieg
Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign to be the Democratic presidential nominee may have ended, but he’s found a way to appease his party: Going on Fox News.
In recent weeks, Buttigieg has become one of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s most effective campaign surrogates on cable. Buttigieg has been on Fox before, but his appearance before the vice presidential debate last week really caught the internet’s eye.
Martha MacCallum asked the 38-year-old about how Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) differs from Biden on healthcare policy. Buttigieg scoffed at the “classic parlor game” of looking for “daylight between running mates.” Then the former cringiest 2020 candidate turned the tables.
“If people want to play that game, we could look into why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with the president caught with a porn star, or how he feels about the immigration policy that he called ‘unconstitutional’ before he decided to team up with Donald Trump,” he said.
An awkward silence ensued. Buttigieg apparently left MacCallum and co-host Bret Baier at a rare loss for words. People noticed. After the former 2020 hopeful appeared on Fox News the following morning, the internet