- The writer and popular left-wing Twitter personality Nicole Cliffe has been criticized Friday night after it was announced that she had donated the highest possible $ 2,800 to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is running for Democratic nomination as President.
- Cliffe, the has indicated That she is a supporter of Senator Elizabeth Warren also donated $ 500 for the Warren campaign a few weeks after the donation to Buttigieg.
- Answers to a callout in a since then deleted tweet, Cliffe said Buttigieg was not her candidate, but decided to pledge funding when she found out he was going to college because he "saved her from a possible attack".
- In one Boston Globe article Cliffe was quoted as saying about Buttigieg's colleagues at Harvard University, who said Buttigieg had come in to defend her from a group of men who molested her at a bar. In college, Cliffe dated a roommate from Buttigieg.
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Nicole Cliffe is a popular left-wing Twitter personality and writer who is known for founding and partly donating to The Toast website to charity. On Friday, it turned out that she had donated the highest possible amount as an individual to Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign.
This has caused some confusion as Cliffe criticizes moderate left and centrist positions and is a supporter of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Buttigieg has positioned itself as a centrist in a strikingly left pack of democratic candidates. It is a common target of left anger on the Internet.
Federal Election Commission data shows that Cliffe has registered two individual contributions. On March 17, 2019, she donated Pete for America, Inc. the highest possible amount of $ 2,800. On March 31, she donated $ 500 to Warren for President, Inc.
The Twitter user that Cliffe addressed in a tweet that has since been deleted wrote"Some of my friends will die at a young age if Buttigieg is elected and our health insurance system stays as it is, but I think it is more important to show solidarity with your rich Harvard classmates than with the people f – ing. "
In her now deleted tweet and in still public replies, Cliffe said that she had decided to donate to Buttigieg when she first learned that he was running because he had saved her "from a possible college attack."
—Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) December 14, 2019
She told the same anecdote the Boston Globewho wrote it in a story about Buttigieg's classmates at Harvard. Cliffe told the globe that she knew Buttigieg at college because she once made an appointment with one of his roommates and he came in when a group of men confronted her at a bar.
"He just did it very quietly and with ease," she said to Globe in May 2019. Nevertheless, Cliffe confirmed that she is no longer donating money to Buttigieg and is also not planning to vote for him.
"I haven't donated in the past nine message cycles," she wrote. "He is a centrist, I am not. I wish him all the best."
The Buttigieg campaign referred Business Insider to the account in the Boston Globe and added no further comment. Cliffe did not immediately respond to the request for comment.