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Joe Biden’s Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, made a mockery of himself and the Democrats Green New Deal nonsense in one single video.
The 39-year-old former Democrat presidential candidate was caught on video putting on a show of “riding a bike to work” except that the bike, and Buttigieg, were driven there in a Suburban, The Daily Mail reported.
Pete Buttigieg has been ridiculed on social media after he appeared to stage a bike ride to the White House in a bid to promote his green credentials.
The Secretary of Transportation, 39, was seen arriving at the building on his bike Thursday to attend a Cabinet meeting with Joe Biden. It appeared the politician had cycled in from his office at the Department of Transportation three miles away.
However, footage from WFMZ-TV quickly went viral after it purportedly showed Buttigieg’s security detail unloading the bike from the back of a ‘gas guzzling’ SUV just blocks back from the White House.
The vision prompted conservative critics to claim that Buttigieg had pretended to ride much further than he actually had.
Twitter users brutally mocked Buttigieg for his ridiculous show after a CNN reporter showed the video and said, “Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg biked to the White House for today’s Cabinet Meeting, it would appear.”
That is not how other users saw it.
“Pete Buttigieg’s dog and pony show. Use an armored Suburban to bring a bike within a short distance of the destination. Unload it and ride in with a security detail in tow, pretending to save energy,” one user said.
“Buttigieg is the fakest of them all. Amoral,” OANN reporter Jack Posobiec said.
“Thanks @CNN for the incriminating footage, but “it would appear” this was a phony photo-op. Buttigieg & his bike rode comfortably to the White House in two “gas-guzzling” SUVs, unloaded the bike on the complex & pedaled a short distance,” former counselor to President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, said.
“My favorite feel-good story of the week: Pope Pete Buttigieg Uses an Armored Suburban To Bring a Bike Within a Short Distance of His Destination,” reporter Mollie Hemingway said.
“It’s not an earth-shattering lie, but it’s dishonest. Pete Buttigieg’s ‘green commute’ via bike is really an SUV ride with a photo-op bike ride for the last block or two. Staff unloads his bike from SUV so Pete can hop on and pedal in the final stretch,” another Twitter user said.
“Pete Buttigieg has a history of gimmicky stunts, just for show, like doing a desk job on a military base for a few weeks, then trying to,” radio host Mark Simone said.
The Department of Transportation explained to The New York Post that Buttigieg had “rode his bike to the White House cabinet meeting and he rode his bike back to DOT after the meeting.”
But the bigger story last week was not his bike, but the fact that Buttigieg proposed taxing people by the miles they drive.
“When you think about infrastructure, it’s a classic example of the kind of investment that has a return on that investment,” the transportation secretary said. “That’s one of many reasons why we think this is so important. This is a jobs vision as much as it is an infrastructure vision, a climate vision and more.”
He talked about ways to fund the project and among them was one of his favorites, a mileage levy that would tax people for how far they travel in their vehicles.
“A so-called vehicle-miles-traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it,” Buttigieg said.
“I’m hearing a lot of appetite to make sure that there are sustainable funding streams,” he said. A mileage tax “shows a lot of promise if we believe in that so-called user-pays principle: The idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive.”
“You’re hearing a lot of ‘maybe’ here because all of these things need to be balanced and could be part of the mix,” he said.
But a mileage tax would injure the people that Democrats purport to protect as those who use electric cars would also pay, and those is rural areas would pay more, conceivably, because they have to travel further.