Teens on TikTok are dragging presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, calling him “Mayo Pete.” Their popular posts mocking Buttigieg and criticizing some of his policies also function to call out the surprising lack of candidates on the platform.
Introducing: Mayo Pete. TikTok’s latest surge of viral posts is filled with teens dancing to Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes,” Buttigieg’s walk-on song at rallies. It’s often accompanied by a slightly cringe-inducing dance … which makes it pretty much tailor-made for mimicry on the music-driven platform.
The finishing touch: “Mayo Pete” flashes up, an unsubtle dig at the candidate because he’s white, has had trouble connecting with non-white voters, and is supposedly bland like the condiment. The meme seems to have first popped up earlier this year on Reddit among Bernie Sanders supporters and opponents of the mayor in South Bend, but has only just caught on with TikTok users.