Sometimes, it’s hard to determine which of Biden’s comrades is the most indifferent to the general public.
Given the recent Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, it seems that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg may, once again, take the prize.
The derailment had devastating consequences for human and environmental health, as vinyl chloride, a cancer-causing substance that can contaminate water supplies, was released from five different cars “in the form of massive plumes of dark smoke visible throughout Eastern Ohio,” as reported by the Daily Wire.
However, Buttigieg had not a word to say about the derailment immediately after it happened.
He did, however, have plenty to say about woke causes a week and a half later.
Ten days later after the derailment, Buttigieg was blaring about racial equity at the National Association of Counties Conference, rather than the very real crisis unfolding in Ohio.
The perils of being a red state in crisis when leftist zealots run the White House.
“We have heard way too many stories from generations past of infrastructure where you got a neighborhood, often a neighborhood of color, that finally sees the project come to them, but everyone in the hard hats on that project, doing the good paying jobs, don’t look like they came from anywhere near the neighborhood,” Buttigieg warbled.
Once again, Buttigieg is back on his “racist roads” obsession, which has so contorted his worldview that he can’t be bothered to help the residents of Ohio.
As neatly summarized by an individual on Twitter, “Buttigieg made no mention of the Ohio train derailment while speaking at a conference this morning but did find the time to say that there are too many white people who work construction.”
Even Representative Ilhan Omar indicated her displeasure with Buttigieg’s response, noting that Ohioans deserved a heck of a lot more than Buttigieg was apparently willing to provide.
“East Palestine railroad derailment will have a significant negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the residents for decades and there is almost zero national media attention,” Omar asserted.
After the backlash regarding his general inaction, Buttigieg (or Buttigieg’s aide) made a series of remarks on Twitter, quite a few days later, regarding what exactly he was doing (or not doing) regarding the derailment.
“I continue to be concerned about the impacts of the Feb 3 train derailment near East Palestine, OH, and the effects on families in the ten days since their lives were upended through no fault of their own. It’s important that families have access to useful & accurate information,” Buttigieg blared.
Is that so? Then why, pray tell, has the “Safety First” element of the official national transportation website not been updated since March 2020?
Seems the Trump administration, which was in place during March 2020, took safety in transportation a tad more seriously than Buttigieg and Co.
Twitter users were not amused by Buttigieg’s response either.
“Continue to be, since when?” one questioned in disgust.
Good point. Furthermore, how is “feeling concerned” a tangible action?
Are people in Ohio expected to receive a rapid federal response from someone who largely operates on feelings?
Republican Kimberly Klacik, who previously ran for the 7th congressional district in perpetually ailing, Dem-led Maryland, also weighed in quite savagely on Buttigieg.
“You are the worst Transportation Secretary in US history. Thank goodness you are not the President. You have proven to be both lazy & incompetent. Do us all a favor and make your next vacation a permanent one,” Klacik declared.
A day after Buttigieg’s disastrous public appearance, wherein he whinged about racial equity while ignoring carcinogens spewing across Eastern Ohio, Biden put out an equally, if not more so, tone-deaf tweet.
“Because of our climate investments, our kids will breathe cleaner air, drink safer water, and get to school powered by clean energy. That’s the future we’re building … let’s finish the job!” Biden boomed.
“Let’s finish the job.” Strange, how Biden keeps repeating that same phrase, over and over and over again, just as he did in his State of the Union address.
Especially since Obama openly declared that Biden was “finishing the job” of his administration from years before.
Way to announce your third-term presidency, Mr. Obama … and way to give away the game, Mr. Biden.
Author: Ofelia Thornton