BLM Leaders Come Out Against Pete Buttigieg for Biden's Transportation Secretary
Presumptive president-elect Joe Biden hasn’t even been sworn in yet, and he’s already having trouble paying the piper for his apparent electoral success.
Among the many special interest groups eager for representation in a potential Biden administration, the one he owes the greatest debt of gratitude — and is having the most trouble appeasing — is Black Lives Matter.
BLM and its accomplices in the establishment media effectively painted President Donald Trump as a white supremacist and pinned the violence, riots and chaos they created last spring on the president — a move designed to secure the 2020 presidential election for Biden.
Leaders of BLM apparently thought this would ensure them a prominent place in the incoming Biden administration, but so far, they can’t even get a meeting with Biden or presumptive Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
That’s not the only thing they’re angry about, however; leaders from the BLM movement are rejecting several leftist politicians currently in the running to be part of the potential Biden administration.
“Black Lives Matter leaders from Los Angeles, South Bend, Indiana, Rhode Island and Chicago have joined forces to oppose a slate of candidates from any cabinet position within the Biden Administration,” ABC News reporter Beatrice-Elizabeth Peterson tweeted Tuesday.
Black Lives Matter leaders from Los Angeles, South Bend, Indiana, Rhode Island and Chicago have joined forces to oppose a slate of candidates from any cabinet position within the Biden Administration. #BLM
— Beatrice-Elizabeth Peterson (@MissBeaE) December 15, 2020
But it was South Bend, Indiana, BLM leader Jordan Geiger in particular who took umbrage with the slate of potential appointees — including one of his own hometown politicians, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — for transportation secretary.
“We urge the rejection of our former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo for transportation secretary or any other Cabinet position in the administration,” Geiger said in a video call with other leaders uploaded Tuesday to YouTube.
He characterized those politicians, including Buttigieg, as having “a long history of using the machinery and mechanisms of government to advance systemic racism.”
“In South Bend, we saw Pete Buttigieg give less than 1 percent of city contracts to black businesses,” Geiger said.
“We saw black communities here have their homes torn down by his administration. We saw the machinery of his police department turn against black people and the homeless shelters kicked black people out on the streets.
“South Bend residents know very well that in addition to our former small-town mayor being completely unqualified for a Cabinet agency, Pete would continue his record of hurting black communities every day in his decision-making process,” Geiger added.
Buttigieg ran in the Democratic primary in hopes of becoming the party’s 2020 presidential candidate, but dropped out after running a lackluster campaign that failed to garner much enthusiasm.
It makes sense considering he’d be joining the other failed politicians in Biden’s potential administration, as well as checking an intersectional box as an open homosexual to give the 78-year-old Democrat “woke” bona fides.
Biden was enthusiastic in his tweet announcing the pick on Tuesday, calling Buttigieg a “leader, patriot, and problem-solver.”
“He speaks to the best of who we are as a nation,” Biden went on. “I am nominating him for Secretary of Transportation because he’s equipped to take on the challenges at the intersection of jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate.”
Mayor @PeteButtigieg is a leader, patriot, and problem-solver. He speaks to the best of who we are as a nation.
I am nominating him for Secretary of Transportation because he’s equipped to take on the challenges at the intersection of jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 16, 2020
In addition to Geiger’s objections, the rest of South Bend may also have a hard time accepting Buttigieg after the way he botched the pothole situation — that’s right, the most basic transportation issue there is — as mayor.
According to the South Bend Tribune, in 2018, the city had the worst year that auto body repair shops could recall in a decade. The outlet reported there were “lines of vehicles awaiting repair for pothole-related damages nearly every day.”
It was so bad that in 2019, Domino’s Pizza awarded a $5,000 “Paving for Pizza” grant to South Bend to have its potholes repaired, choosing the city as worthy of the grant for being the single worst location in Indiana.
Buttigieg’s bungling of the pothole problem even became part of his successor James Mueller’s platform, according to Fox News.
“I will commit to improving the city’s response times to road hazards like potholes and seek new materials that will last longer through our harsh weather conditions,” the platform read.
Choosing unqualified, failed politicians is seemingly Biden’s entire staffing strategy.
What’s more, he’s also turned the process into a game of intersectional bingo, where each pick is based not on qualifications, but on how it serves the diversity-obsessed left.
And yet, Biden finds himself at odds with BLM because they’ve dropped the phrase “systemic racism,” which means Buttigieg is instantly disqualified whether the facts support it or not.
Therein lies the problem with becoming indebted to such a radical group, and this will likely not be the last time Biden has trouble with them.
He should be careful not to bite the hand that fed him his presumptive victory — otherwise it could be a very long four years for him.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.