Buttigieg goes nuclear: Mayor Pete claims Trump faked disability to avoid draft, rips Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg raised the volume Thursday on his criticism of President Trump, accusing him of using his "privileged status to fake a disability" decades ago in order to avoid military service in the Vietnam War.

The South Bend, Indiana mayor also likened the GOP president to a "crazy uncle" and effectively called Trump a racist during an hour-long interview with The Washington Post.

The one-time long-shot for the Democratic nomination, who has surged the past two months, also indirectly criticized former Vice President Joe Biden, the clear front-runner in the primary race, over Biden's support for the now-controversial 1994 crime bill.

Buttigieg, an Afghanistan War veteran, said, "I have a pretty dim view of his [Trump's] decision to use his privileged status to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam."

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