On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg over his neglect of the train derailment crisis in East Palestine, Ohio.
Cruz’s comments came the same day that Buttigieg finally visited the site of the train derailment nearly three weeks after the incident happened.
Cruz said that Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration does not care about the people living in East Palestine because they mostly voted for former President Trump, and noted that neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris have visited the area yet.
“Look, it is ridiculous that Joe Biden has not been to East Palestine yet,” Cruz said. “You literally have an American city with a major derailment that was on fire, where the water is being poisoned, where the air is being poisoned, where it’s ongoing for multiple days, and this administration does not give a damn.”
“And it’s clear their attitude. Look, it’s all politics all the time. It’s all communications and PR all the time,” Cruz said. “And so going there is a bad message. And it really is striking.”
Cruz then addressed Buttigieg, who has been criticized for neglecting the disaster.
“What in the hell does Pete Buttigieg have to do to get fired?” Cruz said. “Like in the history of this country, has there ever been a transportation secretary who has screwed more things up? From in his first year in office, a supply chain crisis that impacted the entire country that made it hard to get basics and essentials?”
What the hell does Pete Buttigieg have to do to get fired?
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— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 23, 2023