Pete Buttigieg Hits Rock Bottom

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( – Following the train derailment which led to a toxic chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been criticized with the same hardness that was once reserved for Vice President Kamala Harris.

While Buttigieg was previously seen as a top Democratic prospect having previously backed Harris during the 2020 race, in the past few weeks he has faced a lot of criticism. Following the derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train in East Palestine, which required the evacuation of all residents from the area, Buttigieg has had to fight the criticisms that he is not directly addressing the crisis.

In a video that has now been viewed over 4 million times, Buttigieg dismissed a reporter who had been questioning his response saying that he had been “taking some personal time.”

On democratic campaign strategist regarding this stated that those serving in the administration were tasked with looking “out for the big boss” and that oftentimes this means “‘feel good’ assignments like ribbon cuttings and handing out giant checks in swing states,” while at other it might mean “taking flak to protect” President Biden.

In a Friday letter, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) pushed for Buttigieg to be more transparent regarding the Department of Transportation’s rail safety systems and inspections.

He added that the American public deserved to get more answers regarding what was going on. This push has been the result of the pressure for more accountability within the Democratic party.

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