Pete Buttigieg Passes on Doing Viral ‘Butti-jig’ Dance for TMZ

ROCK HILL, SC - OCTOBER 27: Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg enters a room after being introduced to supporters at a canvassing kickoff event October 27, 2019 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Many presidential hopefuls campaigned in the early primary state over the weekend, scheduling stops …
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg passed on the idea of doing the viral “High Hopes” dance popularized by his supporters.

“The less people that see me dance the better,” Buttigieg told a TMZ cameraman on Thursday morning. “I just don’t have that coordination.”

Supporters across the country are sharing videos of the special dance featuring Buttigieg’s campaign walk-on song High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco.

But Buttigieg said he was aware of the viral dance fever sweeping the nation.

“Yeah, you know I think joy is a really important part of this campaign and letting it all out, that’s a big part of that,” he said.

The dance was popularized on social media after video surfaced of one volunteer teaching the proper moves to supporters young and old.

On Sunday, a campaign staffer posted a video of the entire volunteer force doing the dance.

In September, supporters were filmed in Iowa doing the dance with giant blow-up posterboards of Buttigieg’s head.




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