Pete Buttigieg under fire over airline troubles: ‘Anytime there’s a crisis, he goes into hiding’

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg never seems to be around when there’s a crisis to be dealt with, as the nation saw once again when Americans were forced to deal with airline cancelations and delays while trying to travel for the holidays, as well as highways buried in snow due to severe winter weather.

Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy, who was filling in as guest host on “Jesse Watters Primetime,” slammed the Democrat in response to the holiday travel madness centered largely around Southwest Airlines and highways in upstate New York.

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“Biden doesn’t care about infrastructure at all. His bill was a big green scam. And where’s Pete Buttigieg? He is the Secretary of Transportation. We knew this storm would mangle our airports and highways days before it hit,” Campos-Duffy said.

She ran a clip of Buttigieg advising travelers to check airline websites, before laying into him.

“He sounds more like a travel agent than the Secretary of Transportation. We don’t want to delay our flights. We want to see our families on Christmas, Pete. The 25th still means something to us. It’s Jesus’s birthday. We celebrate by being with our families and going to church,” the Fox News host said. “But that never mattered to Pete. Remember last year? Supply chains were a complete mess, many families were worried they wouldn’t be able to get Christmas gifts. Pete Buttigieg told everyone they’re on their own.”

Another clip of the Biden official offering no answers was run, along with clips of holiday travelers detailing their “ridiculous” experiences.

“Pete’s got a message for them, too: You might have spent Christmas in the airport, but you’ll be home in time for Kwanzaa,” Campos-Duffy said. “Is that really what stranded Americans need? The secretary of Transportation went AWOL wishing Happy Kwanzaa from an undisclosed location. The truth is Pete Buttigieg doesn’t want this job. He thinks he’s better than this job. He wanted to be president, but the American people rejected him, and so he’s stuck being the airports czar, and he can’t even handle that.”

“Anytime there’s a crisis, he goes into hiding,” she continued. “When our supply chain snapped, he took a longer parental leave than I did, and I gave birth, and I was nursing! When the rail union threatened to strike, Pete took a personal trip to Portugal, basking in the city of Porto as our rail system was on the verge of crumbling. He doesn’t want to get his hands dirty, Buttigieg only pops up when he sees a political opportunity, like using taxpayer dollars to buy Chinese solar panels and European windmills that will fall apart in a couple of years.”

Campo-Duffy would also call attention to Buttigieg essentially calling America’s roads and bridges racist, before running a clip of the Transportation Secretary talking about how he conveyed to Southwest Airlines his concerns about widespread delays and cancelations —  she said Buttigieg “found a silver lining in this storm, for his own career, of course.”

“Buttigieg has a new boogeyman. Southwest Airlines, because they canceled 70% of their flights and people are mad. So now Pete sees an opportunity to deflect from his own incompetence,” Campo-Duffy concluded.

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