Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is being accused of ripping off the political ads of fellow Democrat, just days after being accused of "plagiarizing" the speech of former President Barack Obama.
What are the details?
Wednesday evening, a reporter for the Washington Post tweeted out a new ad for Buttigieg that is narrated by actor Kevin Costner.
Within minutes, former Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten (D) reacted by posting that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," saying that "when you take our 2018 ad" and mesh it "with our launch ad for this cycle" you get Buttigieg's latest digital spot.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... When you take our 2018 ad: https://t.co/OGiqu7hkT7 With our launch… https://t.co/gBOcHDyi9t— J.D. Scholten (@J.D. Scholten) 1582764634.0
Scholten included links to his videos. Here is his 2018 ad:
Here is Scholten's ad for this cycle:
Here is the latest Buttigieg ad:
In recent days, Buttigieg has been accused in several instances of appearing to mimic former President Barack Obama. A number of critics even accused the former mayor of plagiarism.
Fox News reported on Buttigieg facing claims of plagiarism for a tweet that used similar wording to a statement made by President Obama, and several pundits shared a video mash-up created by the Recount, which shows side-by-side footage of Buttigieg making remarks similar to those made by the former president.
Is "Pete Obama voice" a thing? https://t.co/IWU0tdg7xb— The Recount (@The Recount) 1582589015.0