Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg found himself the subject of an elaborate hoax this week, attempting to tie him to false sexual assault allegations. Senior Lecturer in American Politics Dr David Smith joins the podcast to unpack the conspiracy and explain why "Mayor Pete" has had such a meteoric rise among the 2020 Democratic field.

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Produced by Elliott Brennan.

Thanks to the Bubamara Brass Band, Ketsa and the Freak Fandango Orchestra for their musical contributions to this episode.