Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was criticized on social media after he declared victory in the Iowa caucuses despite no official results being reported.
The South Bend, Indiana, mayor was expected to do well in the key early contest of the Democratic primary, but his presumed victory was marred by the lack of actual results.
"We don't know all the results. But we know by the time it's all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation," he said in his quasi-victory speech. "By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious!"
The Democratic Party of Iowa released statements attempting to explain why results were delayed, but the lack of clarity and transparency led to embarrassing denunciations and accusations online.
Failed presidential candidate Marianne Williamson noted the peculiarity of Buttigieg's speech:
Did Pete Buttigieg just claim victory in Iowa when the results haven’t been announced yet?— Marianne Williamson (@Marianne Williamson)1580795054.0
"Pete Buttigieg wins Iowa according to Pete Buttigieg! I get how this works. It's kind of fun once the horror wears off," remarked comedian Francesca Fiorentini.
Pete Buttigieg wins Iowa according to Pete Buttigieg! I get how this works. It’s kind of fun once the horror wears off.— francesca fiorentini (@francesca fiorentini)1580794668.0
"We have no results yet @PeteButtigieg claimed victory? Wtf am I missing something?" asked Olga Lautman.
We have no results yet @PeteButtigieg claimed victory? Wtf am I missing something?— Olga Lautman (@Olga Lautman)1580794293.0
Filmmaker Adam Best accused Buttigieg of truing to "fix" the results.
Pete Buttigieg is claiming victory with literally 0% of the vote in, trying to fix the Iowa Caucus like it was bread prices.— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1580795213.0
"According to what I can tell from watching Buttigieg's weird speech, he just won the American presidency with 97% of the Black vote. So, I guess congrats to him," joked Nima Shirazi.
"Out of the 100 or so supporters standing behind Pete Buttigieg right now, every single one of the black people seem to be strategically positioned directly behind Pete so they'll all be in the camera shot," complained CNN contributor Keith Boykin.
Out of the 100 or so supporters standing behind Pete Buttigieg right now, every single one of the black people seem… https://t.co/ox4jRUutd4— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1580794136.0
Democratic party officials were still unclear early Tuesday morning as to when the results could be expected.