Major Development: Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Under Fire For Lauding “Rail Safety” And Blaming Donald Trump For The Ohio Train Derailment Incident 

Credits: The Hill, AP, SUSAN WALSH

On Wednesday, the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, got severely blasted by critics after he used Ohio’s train derailment incident to laud his department’s “efforts and work on rail safety.”  

On Tuesday, Buttigieg tweeted about the actions his department is taking to tackle the issue.

He also tried to defer the blame for Ohio’s train disaster that occurred right under his watch.

Buttigieg wrote: 

“In the wake of the East Palestine derailment and its impact on hundreds of residents, we’re seeing lots of newfound or renewed (and welcome) interest in our work on rail safety, so I wanted to share more about what we’ve been doing in this area.”

He continued:

“We are making historic investments on rail safety through funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, work that accelerates this year and continue in the years to come.”

Numerous critics believe that Buttigieg’s tweets were “a little too late” and “tone-deaf.” 

Stephon Ford, the director, and actor, responded:


Jack Kennedy from Barstool Sports stated:

“This is an absolutely insane thing to tweet.”

Host Mike North wrote:

“He did command a 60 bus fleet in south bend .. what a horrid hire this goof is. As weak a person as you could have..”

Joe Concha from Fox News tweeted: 

“The Transportation Secretary appears to be tweeting his way through the East Palestine disaster ten days late instead of, you know… going there.”

A blogger from New Hampshire, Kimberly Morin, also tweeted:

“How about, instead of tweeting bulls— no one cares about, you haul your pathetic arse down there and HELP THOSE PEOPLE.”

In one tweet, Buttigieg also tried to shift the blame of Ohio’s train derailment on Trump by claiming that the DOT is still “constrained” because of the laws passed by the Trump administration.

Buttigieg wrote:

“We’re constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation (like the braking rule withdrawn by the Trump administration in 2018 because of a law passed by Congress in 2015), but we are using the powers we do have to keep people safe.”

In response, Libby Emmons from The Post Millenial questioned:

“Is there nothing they won’t blame Trump for?”

The CEO of Canary, Dan K. Eberhard, wrote:

“This is the state of the Biden administration: Blame Trump for something that happened exclusively under their watch. Pete Buttigieg is a complete embarrassment and would have been fired months ago if he performed this poorly in the private sector.”

GOP Rep. from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, tweeted:

 “It’s 2023 @PeteButtigieg. Stop blaming Trump.”

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