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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 am

Sponsors drop forum over attack on Buttigieg

Associated Press

NEW YORK – A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine the New Republic publishing – and later retracting – a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender Pete Buttigieg.

The New Republic was slated as a chief sponsor of a September event designed to spark climate change discussion among candidates during a U.N. climate summit. The magazine pulled down what it called “an opinion piece” about Buttigieg soon after its publication Friday, citing “criticism of the piece's inappropriate and invasive content.” But the New Republic as well as three top sponsors bowed out of the forum.

The League of Conservation Voters said in a statement withdrawing from the climate forum that the magazine's “offensive piece” about the mayor of South Bend, “and the choice to run it, are inconsistent with our values.”