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Could Pete Buttigieg Resign?

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaking with attendees at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Congressman calls on Pete Buttigieg to resign: Rep. Mike Collins of Georgia thinks the Secretary of Transportation should step down, accusing him of putting “wokes before the folks.” 

Pete Buttigieg Has a Problem

Following the train derailment in Ohio last month, there was something of a groundswell among some Republicans calling for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to resign. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was among those calling for that, while a group of House Republicans introduced a resolution, later withdrawn, calling for Buttigieg to step down. The GOP’s official Twitter account, earlier this week, tweeted that “Pete Buttigieg should resign.” 

“Whether it’s waiting weeks to visit East Palestine, vacationing in Portuguese wine country during vital union negotiations, his extended absence during one of the largest shipping crises we’ve faced, or his failure to prevent massive aviation groundings, Secretary Buttigieg has shown an inability to carry out the duties of his office,” Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) said in a Fox News interview last week. 

Now, another Republican has called, on the House floor, for Buttigieg to step down. 

“Pete Buttigieg has shown that he is unfit to lead the Department of Transportation and must resign immediately,” Rep. Mike Collins (R-GA) said in a floor speech Wednesday. Collins had been one of the sponsors of the legislation calling on Buttigieg to resign. 

“From his first day in office, he has been more focused on diversity training and identity politics than on building and maintaining America’s transportation system,” Collins added. “He has abandoned his department’s mission of improving the safety, technology, and efficiency of our infrastructure in favor of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.”

“His policies have continuously put the wokes before the folks, and we are again seeing the consequences,” Collins said. He went on to wonder whether Norfolk Southern had been so distracted by complying with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts that it contributed to the derailment; there is little to no evidence that one had anything to do with the other. 

It’s not clear if the Department of Transportation has devoted any more energy to such diversity efforts than a typical cabinet department has.

A reference in his speech to Buttigieg going on television and “TV whining about too many white people in construction industries” was actually about Buttigieg giving a speech about the extensive history of non-white people being kept out of construction jobs. 

Buttigieg has pushed back against calls for his resignation. 

“There’s always going to be a lot of politics in this town, and I’m used to that but this is a ‘put up or shut up’ moment where anyone who wants to throw stones for political reasons, especially if they’re a lawmaker with actual congressional power to help solve the problem, ought to work with us on that,” Buttigieg told Sinclair’s The National Desk in an interview published this week. 

He added that he has no intention of stepping down from his position. 

“No, I serve at the pleasure of the president and I’m proud to be doing this work. I’m proud of the work we’ve done already to make railroads safer and the work that we’re going to do to raise the bar even further,” he said. 

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, ran for president in 2020 and won the Iowa caucuses before dropping out to endorse President Biden.

He was nominated and confirmed as Transportation Secretary, becoming the first openly gay cabinet secretary to be confirmed by the Senate. 

Secretary of Transportation is not typically a position that’s much in the public eye, and Transportation Secretaries rarely graduate to higher office. But Pete Buttigieg has been the exception, often in the crosshairs of political opponents of the administration. 

Fox News reported in February that the Inspector General’s office in the Treasury Department is looking into Buttigieg’s use of private jets.

As of last year, the Transportation Secretary had used private jets 18 times in his first two years in office. 

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Expertise and Experience: Stephen Silver is a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive. He is an award-winning journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Stephen Silver is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.



  1. Jeepwonder

    March 10, 2023 at 7:06 am

    He’s proud of his work making Railroads safer.
    Er…. we are having dangerous derailments. He’s wrong and needs to resign.

  2. Jimmy

    March 10, 2023 at 9:23 am

    When he was mayor of South Bend, his nickname was “Pothole Pete”; now is that someone who should be lading the DOT? I think NOT, but “thinking” is not an attribute of anyone in the Xiden administration!!!!!

  3. ConserevativeBeaner

    March 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Could he? YES! Will He? Absolutely NOT!

  4. Biden Likes Kids Rubbing His Legs

    March 10, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Did you notice that Mama Pete was limping when he reluctantly toured East Palestine, Ohio? He was probably up all night taking it up the ying-yang.

  5. Marly

    March 10, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    He’s a train wreck himself and only has the job because it was his reward for dropping out of the 2020 primary before SC. All the candidates that were ahead of Joe did that which is why the corrupt fossil was the ‘nominee’. He couldn’t poll higher than 4th or 5th in the pack. Disgusting politics and it’s ruining the country.

  6. Mark Matis

    March 10, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    Buttigieg would have to have some honor in order to consider resigning. Seen any sign of that lately, from ANY of the Biden Administration?

  7. Don Lindsay

    March 11, 2023 at 1:31 am

    this dweeby little degenerate would never resign

  8. dave

    March 11, 2023 at 1:51 am

    Resign? He should be fired along with the entire biden administration. Not 1 of them is competent at anything.

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