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OPINION

Secretary Mayor Pete Is a Disaster

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You know you’re landing serious punches on a liberal when they wrap themselves in their identity in the hope of deflecting criticism. “I expect this kind of attack as a (insert whatever here),” is a favorite of the left, from college campuses to the halls of power in Washington. It’s pathetic, and no self-respecting adult would engage in it, but we aren’t dealing with self-respecting adults, we’re dealing with Democrats, so…

That brings us to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who is not only wrapping himself in his being gay to protect against justifiable criticism, but also hiding behind his two adopted newborns for good measure too. Not exactly father of the year.

Not only would Secretary Mayor Pete not be father of the year, he really has no business being Secretary of Transportation. I’ll just say it – were he not gay, there is no way this former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would have been considered for the job. He checked boxes, the right boxes with the left, and that was enough. 

His only experience related to transportation issues is his fumbled management of the installation of bike paths in South Bend. He literally brings nothing to the table, and for the last two months he’s been away from the table on secret, unannounced paternity leave because he and his husband adopted a set of twins.

Congratulations to them, but honestly, I don’t give a damn and neither should you. Being a Cabinet Secretary is an important job, if you can’t do it, for whatever reason, resign. Moreover, our country is in the midst of a supply chain crisis involving ports and trucking, all of which falls directly into the portfolio of the Transportation Department. If the guy running that department isn’t showing up for work, for whatever reason, he has to go. 

Pete should have the integrity to leave the post, but he won’t because he wasn’t hired for his ability or knowledge of the subject at hand, he was hired because he’s gay. In that regard, he’s still fulfilling what he was hired to do. 

When it was finally discovered that he’d been off the job for 2 months, Pete didn’t shamefully admit that he is a worthless figurehead no one missed. Fully two of the nine months he’s been “on the job” were spent with him not on the job and no one noticed. The President and Democrats in Congress are fighting to push through a couple of “infrastructure” bills, and infrastructure is his responsibility, and he hasn’t been around for 60 days…and it wasn’t noticed until last week? There is no better argument for eliminating the whole damned department. 

Since that won’t happen, it should at least be headed by someone who knows what they’re doing and is willing to show up to do it, especially when there is a crisis. That person is not Pete Buttigieg. 

To cover for his failures and indifference, Pete and his allies in the media have accused his critics of homophobia, naturally, and hating children. Meanwhile, vital supplies sit on ships off the west coast because there aren’t enough truck drivers to deliver the goods that have already been unloaded and are sitting on those docks. 

You’d think a Secretary of Transportation would be all over this problem, lecturing California for their dumb and damaging AB 5 law, which essentially outlawed independent contracting. A large percentage of the trucking industry operates on independent contracting, which made a lot of employers drop drivers. Add to that the inflated price of gas out there and you’re successfully destroying most of the profit margin for trucking. That leads to fewer truckers, which backs up everything and damages the country. Pete Buttigieg hasn’t done anything about it.

Worse, Pete doesn’t appear to have briefed the President about the reality of the situation either. Joe Biden announced his “game changing” idea was to have the ports in California stay open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The only problem is, there’s no point to having more hours to unload ships when you don’t have anywhere to put it or anyone to take it away. Maybe Pete was warming some baby formula at the time, just too busy to get that info to the White House?

The fact is Pete Buttigieg was always going to be a joke as Secretary of Transportation, he just has the misfortune of being in that job at one of the rare times that job matters. Simply put, he’s not up to the task. He can hide behind his kids and sexual orientation all he wants, but nothing he can do will change reality. From the border to the Afghanistan withdrawal, the Biden administration isn’t known for holding incompetence accountable. There’s no reason to think they’ll start now. Hope you’re stocked up on what you need for Christmas.

Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.  

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