Joe Biden’s embattled Transportation Secretary hasn’t had a good run since taking over the position.
The handling of a toxic train derailment in Ohio put the spotlight on his poor job performance.
And now Pete Buttigieg is lashing out at his critics after they point out that he’s been asleep at the switch.
Biden Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is firing back at his critics.
Buttigieg called Fox News’ Tucker Carlson a member of the “East Coast elite,” who did not understand the working class, even though Carlson was born and raised in California.
The Transportation Secretary has built up a reputation of not doing even the bare minimum required of those in the position President Joe Biden nominated him to fill.
He’s been criticized for going on an unannounced paternity leave during the cargo crisis of 2021.
Last year, he was revealed to have been on vacation in Portugal as a rail strike loomed, threatening to potentially cripple the economy, all while he pretended that he was still in the U.S.
The latest failure was his mishandling of a toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, when he waited nearly two weeks to even address the incident or survey the scene.
“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,” Buttigieg told CNN in a recent interview. “You think Tucker Carlson knows the difference between a T.J. Maxx and a Kohl’s?”
A combination of 'It's not my job' and 'I need better messaging.' https://t.co/7MRK1vKwHf
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 5, 2023
Newsflash for Pete Buttigieg: most working class Americans don’t know “the difference between a T.J. Maxx and a Kohl’s.”
Regardless, Fox News hosts’ ability to understand the plight of the common man notwithstanding, Buttigieg acknowledged that he should have gone to East Palestine earlier.
“[Buttigieg] said 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,” CNN reported. “But he also punched back at critics, 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.”
Pete Buttigieg ran for President as the country’s first openly gay Presidential candidate, and while he is rumored to have future Presidential aspirations, recent events may prove to complicate those plans.
US Political Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.