Out Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg clapped back at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) accusation that Buttigieg wants to “emasculate the way we drive.”
“I literally don’t even understand what that means,” Buttigieg said during a Fox News appearance.
This past weekend, Greene attacked Buttigieg for his support of electric cars at a rally for Donald Trump in Michigan.
“Democrats like Pete Buttigieg want to emasculate the way we drive and force all of you to rely on electric vehicles after they shut down your great Michigan auto industry,” she said.
Buttigieg was asked about her comments on Fox News yesterday.
“My sense of manhood is not connected to whether my vehicle is fueled by gasoline or whether it’s fueled by electricity,” he retorted. “This is a practical matter.”
When the Fox host asked Buttigieg if he was “offended,” he responded: “It was a strange thing to say. To be honest, there are other members of Congress that I pay more attention to when I’m thinking about opinions that really matter or ideas that are gonna be critical to engage with.”
Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg responds to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) saying he is trying to "emasculate the way we drive":
"I literally don't even understand what that means. My sense of manhood is not connected to whether my vehicle is fueled by … electricity." pic.twitter.com/rd8O0Hk6nF
— The Recount (@therecount) October 4, 2022
Buttigieg was also recently targeted by another high-ranking GOP official for his stance on greener transportation. Michigan Republican Party co-chair Meshawn Maddock called him a “weak little girl” after seeing a video clip of him talking about California’s ban on selling gasoline-fueled cars – which will go into effect in 2035.
Several days later Buttigieg had a response to Maddock: “If she wants to talk about little girls, Chasten and I are raising a little girl and a little boy. And we are raising them to have better values than the chairwoman.”