The first openly-LGBTI candidate in the 2020 presidential race, Pete Buttigieg, has called for the US to abolish the death penalty.
He said capital punishment in America has ‘always been a discriminatory practice’.
‘We would be a fairer and safer country when we join the ranks of modern nations who have abolished the death penalty’ he said at the 2019 National Action Network Convention in New York.
The mayor of South Bend also pledged to work towards ending solitary confinement.
He labeled it a ‘form of torture’.
The honorable Pete Buttigieg (South bend, Indiana Mayor and declared 2020 Presidential candidate) talks politics, civil rights, capital punishment, discrimination, and more as he addresses those gathered this morning at the 2019 National Action Network Convention. #NANCONV2019 pic.twitter.com/O12SKcJso3
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) April 4, 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week also called solitary confinement torture. She called for the release of transgender whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning.
Several other 2020 candidates, including Kamala Harris, have called for the end of the death penalty in the US.
According to the NAACP, the death penalty disproportionately affects people of color.
Buttigieg officially entered the presidential race last month.
He is the only LGBTI Democratic candidate running so far and will be the first openly gay presidential candidate to participate in the DNC Primary debates.
Earlier this week, he told CNN viewers how he met his husband on Hinge. He also said the US needed to show ‘moral authority’ on LGBTI and other human rights issues.
Buttigieg is already impressing the American public.
A Rhodes scholar and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, the Mayor of South Bend can also speak eight languages.
His primary work as mayor has focused on redevelopment. At 37, he is the youngest presidential candidate in the race.
A poll of Democratic candidates in the state of Iowa last month placed Buttigieg third.
He earned double digits and surpassed more nationally known contenders like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.