Biden Reportedly Selecting Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary
Despite the obscene level of confusion surrounding the U.S. election that’s been left unresolved, the media has reported that Joe Biden is supposed to become the next president (Ed. note — not only that, but the Electoral College has certified Biden’s win). While we cannot speak to continued legal challenges being presented or the now-reported FBI corruption probe looking into international money-laundering allegations against the Biden family, we do know that Joe is supposedly tapping Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary.
The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has never held federal office before, is being reported by Reuters as the former VPs pick for the cabinet role. While that should just about wrap up this story, the outlet wanted to make sure you were aware of the importance of this somewhat speculative news.
It then went on to call him a former rival who later became a “valued Biden supporter on television,” inexplicably noting how formidable his fundraising was. Considering Kamala Harris accused Biden of supporting inexcusably racist policies during the Democratic debates, only to become his running mate later on, Buttigieg’s support seems downright tepid.
Despite being viewed as a rising star within the party, Buttigieg’s potential nomination to a Cabinet post has been opposed by a number of progressive groups and Black leaders who have criticized his record on civil rights.
During the Democratic primary, Buttigieg faced fierce criticism from African American activists, who argued he did not do enough as mayor to battle systemic racism in South Bend and help Black residents share in the city’s economic revitalization. Buttigieg has long disputed that critique.
On a call with reporters on Tuesday, Jordan Giger, a Black Lives Matter leader in South Bend, called Buttigieg “completely unqualified” for a cabinet-level position.
That might be true. Though we think it has more to do with his general inexperience within the transpiration sector than his sexual identity or inability to address racism and/or income inequality in Indiana — though we doubt that’s making him look better as a potential candidate. Frankly, we’re not certain how valuable any of this information is at assessing his future competency as Transportation Secretary. But Buttigieg did serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve and went to both Oxford University and Harvard College — the latter of which seems to be the only prerequisite one needs to be given a cushy government job.
[Update: 12/06/2020: It was brought to my attention today that Richard Grenell (R) actually became the first openly gay cabinet member when he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on May 3, 2018. Sorry, Pete.]
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