Mayor Pete finally ran out to address the situation and what did he do?
“We’re constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation (like the braking rule withdrawn by the Trump administration in 2018 because of a law passed by Congress in 2015), but we are using the powers we do have to keep people safe,” Buttigieg said. “And of course, I’m always ready to work with Congress on furthering (or in some cases, restoring) our capacity to address rail safety issues.”
(If you were curious how the NTSB investigation will conclude, the above was your answer.)
But Pete’s excuses didn’t settle well, even with Democrats that understand the situation.
“He jokes about balloons while ignoring East Palestine, OH,” former Democratic Ohio state Senator Nina Turner wrote on social media. “We deserve better than this.”
The cause of the derailment is not what has Buttigieg in trouble, it’s what took place after the accident.
The first question of a town hall that took place on Febuary 15, 2023 asked why “people outside of a one mile radius from East Palestine” are “getting no support?”
According of reporters in attendance, officials said their assistance orders came from the Department of Transportation, run by Mayor Pete himself.
First question: “why are the people outside of a one mile radius from East Palestine getting NO support?”
Answer: “Because that’s what the Department of Transportation told us to do”
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) February 16, 2023
The people in the surrounding area of the accident are furious.
The line to get into the East Palestine town hall tonight stretches for a half mile. THOUSANDS of people are PISSED and none of them trust what the government is telling them.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 16, 2023
What taking place is just insanity. You may need to turn your volume up to hear what the woman is saying.
East Palestine resident unfiltered:
“The railroad called me today & said they’d pay all my moving expenses, first and last month rent because I can’t go in that house. How many of these people are sleeping in houses where there kids are laying there breathing that stuff in?” pic.twitter.com/hNJgHkSalY
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 16, 2023
This is another clear example of the Biden administration’s failure to govern.
It’s pretty clear from the animal die-offs that the fumes went well past the 1 mile area.
There are unconfirmed reports that the burn-off may been ordered/pressured to get the rail system going because Pete screwed up the supply chain.
Biden’s boy has a lot of explaining to do.
Since the disaster started, he has posted on social media and blamed Trump. That is a really good indication that Buttigieg screwed up.
Especially when local officials are telling residents directly what the DOT told them to on the record.