Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is frustrated.
It seems it takes more than a trendy sexual preference to impress the masses, and the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been catching flack from all sides since taking on the tedious job of ensuring our planes stay in the air, our ports move goods on the ground, and our trains don’t end up in tangled toxic heaps on the side of the tracks.
Even CNN can see the problems with Mayor Pete’s performance.
To the left, writes senior reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere, Buttigieg “is the corporatist compromiser without the vision or guts to go as big as he should.”
“To the right,” Dovere continues, “he is the embodiment of elitist abandonment of real Americans, hopped up on his own grandiosity, who thinks more about social engineering than transportation.”
Buttigieg says he plans to visit East Palestine, eventually https://t.co/3Fc0AKAzWK pic.twitter.com/07BlNPga4e
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 22, 2023
And it doesn’t help that he waited until after former President Donald Trump visited the frightened, angry residents of East Palestine, Ohio, to finally show up in his hard hat and dress shoes.
Any suggestion that he was essentially forced to visit the conservative farming town after Trump’s warm reception is just “bullsh*t,” Buttigieg insisted.
And there’s nothing wrong with wearing dress shoes to survey a chemical quagmire.
The dress shoes pic.twitter.com/qxic5WJLOD
— ColorCodeTrader️ (@ColorCodeTrader) February 24, 2023
According to Dovere, Buttigieg said he should have visited the Norfolk Southern crash site earlier, but he “failed to anticipate the political fallout from the toxic train derailment, despite months of transportation problems like mass flight cancellations and an air traffic control system shutdown that left many Americans frustrated.”
“But he also punched back at critics,” writes Dovere, “arguing that many of the problems he’s being blamed for are only partially connected to his portfolio and mostly out of his direct control.”
Trump showing up in East Palestine one day before he did, Buttigieg sulked, was “somewhat maddening – to see someone who did a lot try to gut not just rail safety regulations, but the EPA, which is the number one thing standing between that community and a total loss of accountability for Norfolk Southern and then show up giving out bottled water and campaign swag?”
Damage control? Buttigieg will visit East Palestine ONE DAY after Trump’s trip https://t.co/iWBGldMoR3 pic.twitter.com/TLXnrvhXMN
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 23, 2023
No other Transportation secretary went to visit a derailment site, he reasoned, so why should he need to do it?
He didn’t figure out the answer to that question until after he went.
Writes Dovere: “No previous Transportation secretary had gone to a derailment site, so when he made his analysis he didn’t think he would either. But he says when he finally did go, the experience was searing.”
“I could get technical readouts, information about the response,” Buttigieg explained. “But I think it was important to hear and see how the community was responding, what they were worried about it just a different way that you can sense on paper.”
When you’re breathing in clouds of chemicals and staring at twisted metal, “It just feels different.”
And then there’s his choice of shoes.
When he brought those up, Dovere discovered, Buttigieg’s “voice got tighter.”
“Who cares what shoes I was wearing,” Buttigieg seethed, “when I was there to draw attention to an agenda that will save lives on our railroads?”
Turns out, people did care.
It was yet another sign of how out of touch the former McKinsey employee really is with the people he is meant to serve.
Yup.Get some more diversity hires involved; Biden.
Only hard-working 'White' men at the East Palestine disaster sight? Horrors!
Except the little gay guy in the Italian shoes. Nicely dressed for photo ops.
Pete Buttigieg doesn't have a clue what's going on-or why he's there. https://t.co/EXmRsr5NRk pic.twitter.com/U5mp7Wwlmc
— Chief Medical Officer: #Starfleet (@patricia_kooy) February 24, 2023
As for the notion that he was basically bullied into going to Ohio by Trump?
“That’s bullsh*t,” Buttigieg said. “We were already going to go.”
As one Twitter user put it: “Keep on digging that hole Pete.”
Keep on digging that hole Pete.
— “Sweet little rebel” (@AcmeCreations4U) March 6, 2023
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