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Mayor Pete Was Totally ‘That Guy’ Posing At Holocaust Memorial

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg was criticized on social media on Sunday after a 2017 photo was resurfaced that showed him posing at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial.

The photo, taken by his husband Chasten in 2016, showed Buttigieg posing among the stones at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Chasten Buttigieg’s caption: “This guy.”

Buttigieg is the Democratic candidate with the most support from American Jews, according to a Forward analysis from July. But he has been criticized by some Jews for promising to put conditions on military aid to Israel.

This kind of thing has happened before. The singer Pink, who is Jewish, was criticized earlier this year for posting Instagram photos of her children running between the stones. And selfies taken there and at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland have long been criticized by many Jews upset that visitors don’t appreciate the sites’ gravity.

Indeed, the photo of Buttigieg, and particularly the accompanying caption, attracted criticism on social media:

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink

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