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(RepublicanWire.org) – Days after the winter storm caused many airlines to cancel flights, “Southwest” continues to trend for their particular mishandling. As covered Tuesday night, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his department have noticed and called out the airline. “Buttigieg” is trending as well. Given his track record, though, it’s natural to worry it’s all just talk, and fellow Democrats are urging him to do more. Former Ohio state representative Nina Turner is especially fired up.

On Tuesday night, in response to a Monday night tweet from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Turner claimed that Southwest’s cancelation issues could have been avoided.

Buttigieg had also faced criticism around the Fourth of July holiday from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) for not issuing fines ahead of so many cancelations at that time as well.

Turner continued to tweet throughout Tuesday night to call out Buttigieg, and also highlighted past tweets from September, when a railway strike appeared to be on the horizon. As Spencer covered, Buttigieg was actually vacationing in Portugal during that crisis. 

The secretary, Turner had tweeted, has been “preparing to run for President.” Buttigieg has been on the top of lists of those who would replace President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee should he not run again in 2024. He also bested Biden in a poll out of New Hampshire from July. 

Turner continued with that claim in more of her tweets, as she also highlighted and defended her consistency. 

Later on Tuesday night, Turner called out Biden to also take responsibility. The president, however, is on vacation in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, even as the death toll from the winter storm rises, especially in Buffalo and other parts of New York, leading to heavy criticism over his plans.

United States Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, tweeted from his official account on Wednesday morning a clip of his interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” his most recent tweet, where he began by highlighting how a “meltdown” is the only accurate way to describe Southwest’s issues and that “we are past the point where they could say this is a weather-driven issue.” Buttigieg also highlighted how it amounts to a “system failure” given that while the rest of the industry has about a 4 percent cancelation rate currently, Southwest is looking at upwards of 60 percent. 

Buttigieg did go on to reference cancelations from over the summer with regards to Southwest’s customer service plan, though he avoided mentioning his own failures at such a time and even later touted how the department had gotten hundreds of millions of dollars back to passengers before in refunds with past issues. 

The secretary also mentioned that Southwest CEO Bob Jordan and others executives pledged to him to “go above and beyond,” and that USDOT “will be watching closely to make sure that that actually happens.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Biden and his top officials admitted they are keeping gas prices high to force America to “go green.” Everyone from Granholm to Buttigieg said they are using the energy crisis to get more Americans to buy expensive EVs.

But electric cars aren’t as “green” as they want you to believe. Those costly batteries will one day end up in a landfill. On top of that, even they admitted the EV industry relies on a dirty, dark secret to actually work.

They are hoping, of course, you don’t read about it.

The Biden administration admitted that critical pieces of EVs and solar panels are part of a long, dark story of child labor, forced labor and child exploitation, citing cobalt mining in Africa and a polysilicon production in China.

The Department of Labor noted that “40,000 children, some as young as 6 years old, work in cobalt mines. Often working in tight spaces underground without proper safety equipment or procedures, child laborers face serious risks of injury or death.

Biden’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs revealed in a report that the cobalt used in EV batteries made in China is mined by child labor in the Congo.

Children are used to extract the material “under harsh and dangerous conditions,” the report admitted. The cobalt is then shipped to China, where it is used to make batteries.

Chinese firms own, operate, and finance most of the mining going on in the Congo. They know this is going on. Not only does China do nothing, they are bankrolling this child exploitation.

It seems the rest of the world is ignoring them too as the push for electric vehicles continues more children will be forced to work the mines.

“Cobalt is one of the most common materials found in lithium-ion battery cathodes and plays an important role in stabilizing the cathode while the battery is in operation. The Democratic Republic of Congo supplies nearly 58% of the world’s cobalt and 80% of that supply goes to China. China is the world’s leading producer of refined cobalt and a leading supplier of cobalt imports to the United States. The mining practices in Congo have been of concern because of a lack of environmental safeguards, labor, health issues, and political uncertainty. These factors may limit the availability of cobalt to the supply chain and increase its demand, leading to rapid price increases in lithium-ion batteries. Cobalt is considered the highest material supply risk for EVs in the short- and medium-term,” Tina Casey summarized from the Department of Energy’s report.

There is a lot of money involved when it comes to producing batteries for the new electric vehicles and children’s rights activists have been pushing to eliminate cobalt from electric vehicle batteries.

The problems with the energy department’s claim that they are “actively developing batteries that use 10% cobalt cathodes” is that children are still forced to do the labor to get the cobalt and even at the 10% mark  the plan is for more vehicles to use the batteries. More vehicles means more forced child labor and that the reduction to 10% cobalt does not actually give an accurate picture of how many children will be used in the future to mine high dollar metals.

Biden’s glorious green utopia relies on the exploitation, abuse, and neglect of children in Africa.

We already knew Biden’s much-loved solar panels (for which he is burning through tax dollars to procure) are made with slave labor in China.

China uses Uyghur minorities as slaves to produce most of the world’s solar panels. Biden has recently committed hundreds of millions of dollars to buy solar panels.

Yet he was the man who signed a law that prevented America from working with Chinese companies that employ slave labor.

Now we are learning his precious EVs are being produced, thanks to child exploitation.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined Joy Behar, Sara Haines, and Ana Navarro on ‘The View” this week to talk about Florida’s new “Parental Rights in Education” law — which he absurdly claimed “will kill kids” — before going on to add inflation and high gas prices to his list of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ faults.

“Your husband, Chasten, is a teacher and he’s been a vocal critic of what’s going on in my state of Florida when the, with the so-called ‘don’t say gay’ law, which he says will kill kids. Do you agree?” Navarro asked Buttigieg.

“Yeah, he’s right,” Buttigieg answered. “And I think every law to be judged for the effect it’s going to have on real people in real life, and I get the political reasons why they’re doing this. By the way, some of those political reasons (laughs), they don’t have a plan on anything else, right? I mean, they don’t have a plan on dealing with inflation or dealing with gas prices or dealing with the issues.”

Buttigieg’s bizarre claims immediately drew harsh criticism on Twitter.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Lower speed limits and more bike lanes may soon be coming to your community, courtesy of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg told the Associated Press Thursday that the Biden administration is preparing to roll out a new “safe system” plan designed to decrease traffic fatalities nationwide. The plan comes as new federal data will be released this week showing traffic fatalities significantly increased in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The AP reported that the half-year traffic death total for 2020 was 20,160, the highest half-year figure since 2006.

“It doesn’t look good, and I continue to be extremely concerned about the trend,” Buttigieg said.

“Somehow it has become over the years and decades as normal, sort of the cost of doing business,” he added. ““Even through a pandemic that led to considerably less driving, we continue to see more danger on our roads.”

According to the Department of Transportation, almost 95% of transportation deaths in the U.S. occur on its streets, roads, and highways.

“We cannot tolerate the continuing crisis of roadway deaths in America. These deaths are preventable, and that’s why we’re launching the National Roadway Safety Strategy today – a bold, comprehensive plan, with significant new funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” Buttigieg said in a statement.

The transportation secretary’s plan to reach “zero roadway fatalities” is to spend $5 billion in grants and issue guidance encouraging cities to lower speed limits, adopt safer road design by creating dedicated bike and bus lanes, and improve street lighting and crosswalks.

Funding for the grants was included in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden, which also included $4 billion in funding for the Highway Safety Improvement Program, DOT said.

The agency added that roadway safety is “inextricably linked with the Biden-Harris Administration’s equity and climate goals,” observing that traffic fatalities “disproportionately affect communities of color, people living in rural areas, people with disabilities, and older adults.”

Other components of the plan include pilot programs to study and promote increased use of traffic cameras; updates to the federal manual that sets the requirements for U.S. street markings and design; regulations mandating automatic emergency braking in all new passenger vehicles; new standards for car safety performance; and enforcing requirements from the infrastructure law for automakers to install anti-drunken driving technology in motor vehicles.

At a press conference announcing the strategy, Buttigieg cited Hoboken, New Jersey as an example of a U.S. city that has achieved zero traffic fatalities by making roadway improvements like curb extensions and better-timed traffic lights.

“Today we commit that our goal is this: zero. Our goal is zero deaths,” Buttigieg said.

“The decision to commit to that goal in a serious way at a national level changes the way cities and towns design roads, changes the way companies build cars, changes the way people drive.”

Whether a person is gay or not doesn’t matter. As you probably noticed during the past two election cycles, President Trump managed to amass a lot of support in the LGBTQ community. Let’s be clear: that support was higher for Democrats, especially Barack Obama when he was running for re-election in 2012 and announced for purely political purposes that he supports same-sex marriage. But many forget that Obama’s stance shifed suddenly when he needed the poll numbers. Now, a new book reveals that his stance hasn’t shifted all that much — at least behind the scenes.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.” This quote isn’t from Pat Robertson. It’s not from Lindsey Graham. It’s not from any conservative. These words were spoken by Barack Obama in 2008. In 1996, however, when asked about his stance on gay marriage by a Chicago-area gay newspaper, he said, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” In a later questionnaire for the same newspaper, he said “Undecided” in 1998. Later, he said he favored civil unions, but not marriage. “I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage…” he said in 2004 before settling back on “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” which he repeated during an appearance on MTV. As you can see, Obama’s belief on the subject shifts seemingly constantly — and his loyalty to the gay community with it.

Now, having apparently settled on “gay marriage is fine” for political purposes, one might expect Obama to support a gay man for President. After all, if he’s good enough to get married, he’s good enough to be President, right? Not according to Obama. “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency,” by the Hill’s Amie Parnes and NBC’s Jonathan Allen, show that Obama was still the same old homophobic bigot he’s always been in 2019.

During a meeting with elite black donors, Obama shared his thoughts on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential prospects. Via The Hill:

“He’s thirty-eight,” Obama said, pausing for dramatic effect, “but he looks thirty.” The audience laughed. Obama was on a roll, using the tone of light ridicule he some-times pointed at himself— “ big ears” and “a funny name,” he’d said so many times before. Now, it was directed at Buttigieg. “He’s the mayor of a small town,” the former president continued. “He’s gay,” Obama said, “and he’s short.” More laughter.

Only months earlier, Buttigieg had sat in Obama’s postpresidential office in Washington seeking counsel on how to maintain equanimity in the face of homophobia on the campaign trail. Now, behind his back, Obama was riffing on him to some of the wealthiest Black men in America at a time when Buttigieg had been dubbed “Mayo Pete” by critics who believed he couldn’t connect with African American voters.

That’s right. The President liberals credit with gay marriage said that Buttigieg is too gay to be President. And he did so after the man came to him for advice in handling the very brand of homophobia Obama exhibited in that speech.

No matter your views on homosexuality, one thing is certain. Obama built much of his reputation on his alleged support for the community. He did this despite a mountain of evidence that he was not genuine. After people gave him the benefit of the doubt, he betrayed that community broadly and one member of it specifically — a man who sought his guidance and trusted him. That’s the real Barack Obama.