Buttigieg Whines About Unfair Treatment as America’s Transportation System Breaks Down
As America’s transportation system continues to fall apart, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg faces the unfortunate reality that he may have to do his job. In two short years, America has been rocked by supply chain issues, rampant flight cancellations, and frequent train derailments. What was supposed to be a simple stepping stone for Buttigieg’s shameless political careerism is now a lightning rod for disaster—and Mayor Pete is struggling to come to terms with that.
On Sunday, Buttigieg lashed out at his many critics, claiming in a CNN interview that he was being treated unfairly. The Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar accused the “East Coast elite” of trying to drum up outrage against him.
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“It’s really rich to see some of these folks – the former president, these Fox hosts – who are literally lifelong card-carrying members of the East Coast elite, whose top economic policy priority has always been tax cuts for the wealthy, and who wouldn’t know their way around a T.J. Maxx if their life depended on it, to be presenting themselves as if they genuinely care about the forgotten middle of the country,” the Transportation Secretary told CNN. “You think Tucker Carlson knows the difference between a T.J. Maxx and a Kohl’s?”
Like Buttigieg, America’s transportation system is having a meltdownIn February, a massive, toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, spelled disaster for the small tory, leading to reports of health issues among residents. During the Holiday season, thousands of Americans were stranded following a string of cancellations by Southwest Airlines. In the administration’s first year, the country was struck by a supply chain crisis, during which Buttigieg decided to take a leave of absence.
In a February letter titled “Time for Secretary Buttigieg to Resign,” Florida Senator Marco Rubio pleaded with Biden to rethink his pick for Transportation Secretary.
“For two years, Secretary Buttigieg downplayed and ignored crisis after crisis, while prioritizing topics of little relevance to our nation’s transportation system. It is painfully clear to the American people that Secretary Buttigieg has little regard for the duties of the Secretary of Transportation.”
Rubio also referenced in his letter the Transportation Secretary’s frequent use of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) taxpayer-funded private fleet, a potential violation of department policy. The DoT’s inspector general is currently investigating Buttigieg over the allegations.
According to the report, Buttigieg has chartered 18 private flights during his tenure. He has traveled nationwide, promoting climate initiatives and lecturing about diversity and inclusion in blue-collar industries.
“I hope you will change course in order to uphold your so-far-unmet promise to the American people by requesting the immediate resignation of Secretary Buttigieg,” Rubio wrote to Biden.
In a February interview with CBS News, an embattled Buttigieg lamented his failure in East Palestine, telling reporters that he “could have spoken out sooner.”
“That’s a lesson learned for me,” he added.
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The White House has refused demands to fire Buttigieg. During a press briefing last week, Karine Jean-Pierre referred to the criticism against the Transportation Secretary as “bad faith attacks.”
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