Pete Buttigieg Gives Props to Lizzo, Quotes Singer's Hit Song 'Truth Hurts'

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg offered flattery to Grammy-nominated pop star and rapper Lizzo during a Thursday appearance on CBS This Morning.

During the appearance, anchor Gayle King asked Buttigieg if he'd just taken any DNA tests recently, referencing Lizzo's massive hit "Truth Hurts."

"Yes, and I'm 100 percent that nominee to lead the way to the future," Buttigieg quipped in response.

King also asked the guests to describe themselves in three words during the lighthearted interview. "Standing near Lizzo," Buttigieg joked. Lizzo responded that she was "glamorous, talented, and booty-ful."

Buttigieg's campaign trail visit to the show focused on a number of issues. He addressed difficulty he's faced in gaining support from black voters. "What we're seeing is there's no more negative view of me, but a lot more folks say they don't know me to begin with," he said. He also stated that he felt the need to "convey how my makeup, my being, my faith, teaches me my responsibility to make sure that I'm lifting up those who have so often been excluded in our society and our politics."

The candidate also defended his decision to accept "big dollar donations," as King put it, unlike other Democratic candidates, noting that Trump had raised over $100 million in the last quarter for his campaign. "We're gonna need to bring everything we've got to that fight," he said. He also affirmed that no matter how much any person donates he plans to "take that contribution and use it to defeat Donald Trump."

Lizzo appeared to discuss her Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and many more. She attributed her success to an "x factor."

"There was just a moment where somehow, as culture ebbed and flowed, I caught onto that wave," she said.

The pop star also defended herself against criticism she received after dancing at an L.A. Lakers game in a revealing outfit. "Do you know how long is took me to fall in love with this body?" she said, "Be you, do you. Don't ever let anybody steal your joy, especially not the internet."

In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for Buttigieg's campaign referred Newsweek to a tweet posted to Buttigieg's account following the show. "Feeling good after joining @Lizzo on @CBSThisMorning," he wrote.

Feeling good after joining @Lizzo on @CBSThisMorning.

— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 12, 2019

Lizzo's publicist did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment from Newsweek.

One of Lizzo's hit singles, "Good as Hell," made it into Buttigieg's campaign playlist, according to a report by The New York Times.

While Lizzo has not formally endorsed a candidate, in August she tweeted favorably about Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but then deleted the posts. "I'm not sure who I'm voting for yet, but it for damn sure isn't Trump," wrote in another tweet.

The first President I could ever vote for was Obama. I was so proud of my right to vote and I will never take it for granted. I love us. I’m not sure who I’m voting for yet, but it for damn sure isn’t Trump.

— Feelin Good As Hell (@lizzo) August 24, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to Iowa voters at a campaign event December 08, 2019 in Coralville, Iowa. Buttigieg joked around with singer Lizzo after an interview on CBS This Morning on Thursday. Win McNamee/Getty