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During tonight’s Democratic debate, some people are listening to Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Specifically, they’re listening to his tone of voice.
The debate, hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, brought seven candidates to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. And starting with a question about President Donald Trump’s impeachment, debate listeners were quick to notice Buttigieg’s seemingly forced deep voice.
Is it lower? You be the judge.
We’re in the fight of our lives—and we can't go into it with one hand tied behind our backs.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 20, 2019
We need everybody by our side. That means Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. So if you’re ready to defeat Donald Trump, join us. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/DRkq5Ur62Z
“At the end of the day this is beyond public opinion, this is beyond polls, this is beyond politics,” Buttigieg answered. “The president left the House with no choice.”
Long pauses and tone changes caught the ears of several Twitter users.
Mayor Pete’s voice is the voice of every person who’s ever disguised their voice for their own safety. #DemDebate— Pete Buttigieg’s Wine Cave Somellier (@ericisaac) December 20, 2019
“Is it just me or did Pete’s voice get deeper? He must be so scared he’ll accidentally answer a question like ‘idk girl’,” @rosedommu tweeted.
Is it just me or did Pete’s voice get deeper? He must be so scared he’ll accidentally answer a question like “idk girl”— Rose Dommu (@rosedommu) December 20, 2019
“Why does Pete sound like he’s lowering his voice on purpose? #demdebate” @Dan_Plane tweeted.
Others heard it, too.
lol Pete Buttigieg sounds like he's huffing nitrous oxide. His voice is absurdly deep, someone please fix the audio before I piss myself laughing— Pete Buttigieg is a cop (@ANTIFA_lawyer) December 20, 2019
Guys........— sydney (@sydneyrosega) December 20, 2019
did Pete Buttigieg get consulted to lower his voice?
On center stage is Vice President Joe Biden and he is the candidate most commonly associated with President Barack Obama. But tonight listeners are comparing Buttigieg’s stage voice to the memorable boom of the former president.
there’s a 3 second pause in between Pete hearing a question and his response because he’s remembering to make his Obama voice. he looks like Gumby tonight. bitch!— wearing FaZe hoodie to estate settlement 🍞📈 (@ByYourLogic) December 20, 2019
Unfortunately for Buttigieg, Twitter users aren’t the only ones ganging up on him tonight. He’s also getting attacked on stage by a number of Democrats.
Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She's now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.