It’s no secret that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is clearly not a fan of out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. She has been attacking him for years for everything from having kids to wearing safety gear at a disaster site.
This past week, Boebert has repeatedly brought up Buttigieg’s name every time there was a transportation problem somewhere in the U.S. Every train derailment and every flight delay is his fault, according to the Colorado congresswoman.
He’s had enough.
She tweeted a photoshopped picture of her using a firehose to put out a fire in front of a derailed train and wrote: “Out here preparing for Mayor Pete’s next derailment.”
“Your budget plan cuts railroad safety inspections,” Buttigieg responded.
“We estimate its impact on FRA would mean about 1,000 fewer rail safety inspection days next year and 30,000 fewer miles of track inspected annually,” Buttigieg followed up. “If you care about preventing derailments, please change course and help us increase accountability for freight railroads.”
This is not her first attack on Buttigieg this week. On Sunday, she wrote: “Buttigieg is running this country’s rail system like a toddler playing with his first toy train set.”
On Monday, she tweeted: “Pete Buttigieg can’t seem to fix the near-constant train derailments in our country, but he’s just come out and told us that car accidents are caused by racism. What would we ever do without his wisdom?”
She was probably referring to an MSNBC interview that enraged conservatives. Buttigieg did not say that “car accidents are caused by racism” during the interview. Instead, he said that there are racial disparities when it comes to car fatalities, a fact Boebert didn’t disprove.
“Black and Brown Americans, tribal citizens and rural residents are much more likely to lose their lives whether it’s in a car or as a pedestrian being hit by a car,” Buttigieg told Al Sharpton on PoliticsNation last Saturday. “There are a lot of reasons related to discrimination and related to even the ways that roads are designed and built, who has access to a safe street design that has crosswalks and good lighting, who doesn’t have that access that can drive disparities, and we have a responsibility to act on that.”
On Tuesday, the issue was flights getting grounded: “All Southwest flights have been grounded nationwide. It’s time for Mayor Pete to hang it up.”
According to CNN, the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted Southwest flights on Tuesday morning due to “data connection issues resulting from a firewall failure.” It’s not clear why Boebert believed Buttigieg was involved.
That same day, she posted a poll on her congressional website asking, “Is Mayor Pete the worst Transportation Secretary in US history?” The two choices were “Yes” and “Yes.”
She also asked respondents for their email addresses.