Buttigieg Has A ‘Biden Moment.’ Ohio Trip Crumbles
Today, former South Bend mayor and current Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made an unexpected visit to the town of East Palestine, Ohio—three weeks after a Norfolk Southern train derailed, spilling toxic chemicals all over the area. Unfortunately, Buttigieg’s visit was far too little, far too late, as the people of East Palestine have been dealing with the aftermath of this incident since it occurred.
Buttigieg’s visit was met with intense scrutiny and criticism from the community, as he was asked repeatedly why it took him so long to show up and to address the situation. Instead of taking responsibility, Buttigieg employed his typical tactics of blame–shifting and false narratives, attempting to blame the Trump administration’s deregulation for the disaster.
This visit was nothing more than a public relations stunt for Buttigieg, who has a history of spreading falsehoods and engaging in political posturing. He has failed to take any real responsibility for his role in the disaster and has instead chosen to deflect and deflect again and again.
It’s clear that Buttigieg is not the right person to be in charge of the transportation department. He has no experience in the field and appears to have no understanding of the importance of safety and regulation. His visit to East Palestine was nothing more than a desperate attempt to win back public favor. This visit comes just days after President Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine rather than to his people in need.
The people of East Palestine deserve a response and a plan of action from the federal government, not empty rhetoric and political bloviating. It’s time for Biden and Buttigieg to take some real responsibility for this disaster and provide the people of East Palestine with the help and resources that they need. Until then, it’s clear that Buttigieg is not the leader that this country needs.
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