Mayor Pete Buttigieg is trying to play the “moderate” Democratic alternative to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail, but you don’t have to listen to much of his nonsense to realize he’s every bit as radical as they are. Maybe he doesn’t want to push Medicare-for-All on us, but seeing as how that legislation is a pipe dream in the first place, his reluctance to embrace universal free healthcare doesn’t make him any less of a threat.

Just this weekend, he proved that when it comes to illegal immigration – one of the most important issues facing the country – he is as misguided as any other Democrat in the field.

“The uncomfortable reality is that undocumented folks are, in many ways, like Social Security, subsidizing everybody else,” Buttigieg said in North Carolina on Sunday.

Only moments later, he was nodding along vigorously as Pastor William Barber explained that illegal immigrants from Mexico were simply returning to the “land we stole from them.”

Yeah, let’s make THIS guy president. What could go wrong?

Like most effective lies, there’s a small bit of truth to what Buttigieg is saying about Social Security. There are illegal aliens who come here, work, pay into the SoSec system, and never get to take that money back out…because, you know, they’re here illegally. So those proceeds do wind up getting fed back into the system and dispersed to retired citizens.

But to say that means illegal aliens are responsible for keeping Social Security afloat is more than a stretch, because it ignores the depressed wages and other economic consequences of illegal migration. A porch pirate might stop and water your plants, but that doesn’t mean it was worth the loss of your packages!

Speaking of theft, Buttigieg later told a Hispanic worker (in Spanish) that illegal immigrants would have access to American healthcare coverage under his presidency.

“So the most important thing for me is that we offer the opportunity for health care to all in our country, and this includes the opportunity to buy this plan of Medicare for All who want it. That is our solution. And this opportunity to buy this plan is for everyone regardless of their immigration status,” he said.

Buttigieg’s Midwestern background and boyish charm is giving cover to the simple truth, which is that he’s much too radical for the United States. As he climbs in the polls, it’s essential that his fundamental, wrongheaded views be exposed for what they are.