Despite even some Democrats criticizing Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s response to the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment, the Washington Post chose to ignore that and focus in on Republicans who are “seizing” (formerly “pouncing”) on the accident to attack poor Buttigieg. Reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb, Ian Duncan, and Justine McDaniel acted more as a Buttiegieg defense team than as journalists on Wednesday in “Republicans seize on train derailment to go after Buttigieg.”
The “seize” encore comes right after the title in describing the attitude of the nasty you-know-whos:
Republicans are seizing on the trail derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, to ramp up their attacks against Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, saying he is promoting his own agenda at the expense of families who are grappling with a toxic chemical accident in their backyard.
And more Washington Post finger pointing at the nasty nasties:
The secretary, who sought the presidency in 2020, has taken the unusual step of responding directly to some of his critics, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former president Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The result is an unusually personal and, on occasion, vitriolic back-and-forth involving a transportation secretary who is also a rising star in his party, potential candidate for higher office and prominent gay official — far from the usual technocratic and logistical debates that surround the Transportation Department.
…Buttigieg has faced GOP criticism before, notably during supply chain disruptions early in Biden’s presidency and the failure of a federal aviation safety system in January. But people close to the transportation secretary say the attacks on him since the derailment have risen to a new level, noting that the Environmental Protection Agency, which is in charge of the response to the derailment, has taken far less heat.
So the Washington Post reporters inadvertently admit past failures during Buttigieg’s tenure but, golly gee, why do the Republicans have to be so nasty towards him this time?
The rest of the article is a long list of pity party whining about the supposed unfairness of the criticism of Buttigieg on the part of the mean, unfair Republicans. Here is but one example:
Others have taken it further, taking the opportunity to wrap Buttigieg’s sexual orientation into their criticism, leading to allegations that the post-derailment criticism stems in part from homophobia.
Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s son, said late last month that Buttigieg got his job solely because Democrats wanted to give a role to “the gay guy.”
Long before the derailment, some Republicans mocked Buttigieg’s decision to take paternity leave after his twins were born and to bring his husband, Chasten, with him on a military jet.
The reporters on the Buttigieg defense team conveniently avoided mentioning that long before both the derailment and his term as Transportation Secretary, Mayor Pete even failed to perform the basic task of mayors, namely to fill in potholes on the city streets of South Bend.
During some future presidential primary, you can bet that Buttigieg’s Democrat opponents will be “seizing” at the opportunity to slam him for his many failures as Transportation Secretary.