Michael J. Fox on Buttigieg endorsement: 'We have a very stable Rhodes scholar'

KEENE, N.H. — Actor Michael J. Fox referred to Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE on Saturday as a “very stable Rhodes scholar,” poking fun at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s self-description as a “very stable genius.”

“We have a very stable Rhodes scholar,” Fox, who is backing Buttigieg, told a large crowd rallying for the Democratic presidential hopeful at Keene State College in New Hampshire. “That’s better than a very stable genius.”

“That’s what the J stands for,” he added to laughter, joking that the “J” in Donald J. Trump stood for “genius.”


Fox told the crowd that he was reminded of former President Obama when he first met Buttigieg, who served as the mayor of South Bend, Ind. 

“I just met the next president of the United States, and I felt the same way when I saw Pete,” Fox said.

The rally drew upward of 1,000 people, Buttigieg’s campaign said, citing the local fire department, and comes days before candidates compete in the New Hampshire primary.

Buttigieg attended a fundraiser with Fox last week in New York City, with tickets ranging from “supporter” level at $500 to “champion” level at $2,800.

A number of other celebrities have endorsed Buttigieg, including actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Bradley Whitford, who fundraised for Buttigieg in April.

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