Pete Buttigieg Confronted on Camera as People of East Palestine Suffer, Then Things Took a Weird Turn


He’s gone from Mayor Pete to Creepy Pete.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, possibly the second least qualified man for his job in the Biden administration besides President Joe Biden himself, has finally gotten around to visiting the scene of an environmental crisis caused by a train derailment in northeast Ohio, but the more than two weeks that it took revealed a good deal about his approach to his duties.

And one encounter with a reporter on Tuesday revealed even more about his view of the American public.

Approached on a Washington, D.C., sidewalk by Daily Caller reporter Jennie Taer, as he walked with the man he calls his husband, Buttigieg was by turns dismissive, arrogant and evasive, before finally turning downright creepy when he halted the interview by asking to take the young woman’s picture.

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Asked at first if he had a message for the suffering souls of East Palestine, Ohio, who are dealing with the fallout of the Feb. 3 train derailment that led to a toxic cloud of smoke being released over their homes, Buttigieg airily referred Taer to the “dozen” interviews he’d done that day.

He also flatly refused to expand on the topic, noting that he was taking “some personal time,” with the clear implication that a nobody like a reporter from a conservative website had any business bothering a man of his importance.

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When Taer asked if he intended to visit the stricken area himself, Buttigieg said he would, but declined to give a date.

“I’ll share that when I’m ready,” he said.

(Given that Buttigieg’s visit Thursday morning was announced on Wednesday, it’s a good chance the trip was already planned and he could have just said that. Alternatively, he was actually shamed into an Ohio stop by former President Donald Trump’s visit on Wednesday, which just means he was being shifty.)

But that’s when things took a really weird turn, as Buttigieg took his phone from his pocket and asked Taers, “Can I get a photo of this?”

It’s hard to think exactly what was going through Buttigieg’s mind at the time, but none of the possibilities are appealing. Was he trying to intimidate a reporter for doing her job? Are he and his staff compiling pictures of journalists they don’t like? Was it simply sending a message that he and his “personal time” are off limits to the American public that pays him $221,000 a year for doing little more than trying to lay the groundwork for a new presidential campaign in the future?

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Regardless, the clearly creepy move appalled social media users:

And there was plenty of praise for Taer’s shoe-leather approach to reporting.

Naturally, there were a few blinkered libs who defended Buttigieg, claiming he had a right to “personal time” or even likening Taer’s polite professional questions to the leftist mob that appeared at a D.C. restaurant where Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was dining in July after the court overturned Roe v. Wade.

That’s nonsense on stilts, and any honest person knows it.

But the real issue here isn’t so much Buttigieg’s abhorrent treatment of a reporter on a sidewalk as it is what it shows about how he views the American public he’s supposed to serve.

This is a guy who took months of paternity leave after he and his partner adopted twins — while the country was in the midst of a historic supply chain crisis. (Maybe someone should have alerted him that “supply chain crisis” means “transportation” crisis.)

He clearly had no problem then elevating his personal desires above the actual needs of the nation he’s supposed to be helping lead. Just as he claimed his “personal time” when he was trying to give Taer the brush-off.

And he might not like it, but dealing with the public very much includes dealing with journalists, even if they’re not from Democratic-propaganda outlets like The New York Times.

But most of all, when it came right down to it, he resorted to the implied intimidation of taking Taer’s photo — for no imaginably good reason.

With that in mind, Taer’s Twitter caption makes a factual statement ring with defiance: “I’m just doing my job, sir.”

One Twitter post put it perfectly:

Buttigieg and his fans like to promote his aw-shucks persona, like he’s just ol’ “Mayor Pete” of South Bend, Indiana, and a Navy reserve veteran who made it to the big time with nothing in his heart but a willingness to serve.

But the moment here showed something different: A man who’s evasive, arrogant and essentially a creep.

In the circles he runs in, though, that’s a plus. Considering the party’s nominees going back to former President Bill Clinton’s “boxers or briefs” heyday, Buttigieg could make a great Democratic candidate for president someday.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.