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CNN’s Tapper Fails to Press Buttigieg on Pothole Blunders as Mayor

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From the mayor of South Bend, Indiana to a nomination for Transportation secretary. It was fairly the comfort prize for Pete Buttigieg’s failed bid for president. However it was a place he didn’t have the expertise to fill. Utilizing child gloves to deal with that lack of expertise on Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN host Jake Tapper requested Buttigieg about engaged on a nationwide infrastructure invoice for a President Biden, however refused to ask him about his failure to repair potholes in his metropolis.

After letting Buttigieg get some kicks in in opposition to President Trump, Tapper needed to speak about his “historic nomination.” Performing some gymnastics to reduce DNI Richard Grenell’s achievement as the primary brazenly homosexual cupboard member, Tapper requested:

You’re going to be the primary brazenly homosexual particular person to serve in a Senate-confirmed cupboard secretary place. You’ll even be the primary millennial cupboard member. Does this — do these milestones imply one thing to you personally?

When it got here to Buttigieg’s lack of {qualifications} for the job, Tapper used child gloves. First, he performed a clip from a Biden marketing campaign add knocking his inexperience, then famous: “As mayor, you oversaw a metropolis authorities with roughly thousand workers. You are now going to be main a division that has practically 60,000 workers nationwide. Are you assured you do have sufficient expertise to tackle this function?”

That was the one query Tapper posed to the secretary hopeful about his previous work on infrastructure. In doing so, Tapper neglected his visitor’s blunder with potholes.

 

 

As NewsBusters beforehand detailed when CBS News tried to cover-up his failures, Buttigieg’s historical past with street tasks was so abysmal that South Bend residents pleaded to Domino’s Pizza to reward the town a grant of $5,000 to assist clear up the issue. The roads have been so dangerous that it was damaging peoples’ cars to the tune of $500-$1,000 per go to to the restore store.

Nonetheless, none of that got here from Tapper. As an alternative, he requested about placing collectively a large infrastructure invoice for a Biden administration:

The Biden staff is reportedly already laying the groundwork for a serious infrastructure invoice inside Biden’s first yr in workplace. It could possibly be one of many few areas of bipartisan settlement left in Washington, though, after all, a deal has remained out of attain for years, and, as you word, one thing of a operating joke beneath President Trump. Is a deal potential and what else would you concentrate on as transportation secretary, along with a serious infrastructure invoice?

For his last query, Tapper really requested Buttigieg about Hunter Biden being investigated by the U.S. legal professional in Delaware. However within the midst of the query, he accused Trump of “swampy offers relating to investigations and pardons and commutations relating to the President’s allies and such.”

The query was only a approach to tee up Buttigieg to opine about how allegedly clear Biden was and the way he wasn’t going intervene with the investigation, supposedly.

Tapper telegraphed how unserious the interview was going to be. He opened by playfully questioning his visitor about what title he needed to make use of (Click on “develop”):

JAKE TAPPER: President-elect Joe Biden tapping one other Democratic main rival, Pete Buttigieg to be his Transportation secretary, calling him a brand new voice to maneuver previous previous politics. Becoming a member of me now, for his first interview since his nomination was introduced, the previous mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg. Can we name you Mayor Pete, Secretary Pete, Secretary Mayor Pete, or what would you like us to do right here?

PETE BUTTIGIEG: I will at all times reply to Mayor Pete.

TAPPER: Okay.

It was a query simply as asinine as when he requested Vice President-elect Kamala Harris about what her husband’s title must be, submitting “first dude” as his most popular choose.

That is CNN. 

The transcript is beneath, click on “develop” to learn:

CNN’s State of the Union
December 20, 2020
9:35:20 a.m. Jap

JAKE TAPPER: President-elect Joe Biden tapping one other Democratic main rival, Pete Buttigieg to be his Transportation secretary, calling him a brand new voice to maneuver previous previous politics. Becoming a member of me now, for his first interview since his nomination was introduced, the previous mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg. Can we name you Mayor Pete, Secretary Pete, Secretary Mayor Pete, or what would you like us to do right here?

PETE BUTTIGIEG: I will at all times reply to Mayor Pete.

TAPPER: Okay.

(…)

9:37:11 a.m. Jap

TAPPER: Let’s flip to your historic nomination. You’re going to be the primary brazenly homosexual particular person to serve in a Senate-confirmed cupboard secretary place. You’ll even be the primary millennial cupboard member. Does this — do these milestones imply one thing to you personally?

(…)

9:39:33 a.m. Jap

TAPPER: As mayor, you oversaw a metropolis authorities with roughly thousand workers. You are now going to be main a division that has practically 60,000 workers nationwide. Are you assured you do have sufficient expertise to tackle this function?

(…)

9:40:44 a.m. Jap

TAPPER: The Biden staff is reportedly already laying the groundwork for a serious infrastructure invoice inside Biden’s first yr in workplace. It could possibly be one of many few areas of bipartisan settlement left in Washington, though, after all, a deal has remained out of attain for years, and, as you word, one thing of a operating joke beneath President Trump. Is a deal potential and what else would you concentrate on as transportation secretary, along with a serious infrastructure invoice?

(…)

9:43:05 a.m. Jap

TAPPER: Along with specializing in transportation, I’m positive that you just, as simply an skilled politician, will likely be requested to your recommendation on different issues. And I’ve to ask, President-elect Biden’s son Hunter has acknowledged he’s beneath investigation by the U.S. legal professional in Delaware.

Once more, I do know your focus is on transportation however you are an skilled politician, you’re a consultant of the Biden transition staff. How ought to Biden administration deal with this investigation so the American folks might be assured that it is finished in a free and truthful method with none undue affect?

We’re getting, you realize—We’re rising from 4 years of all kinds of swampy offers relating to investigations and pardons and commutations relating to the President’s allies and such. What’s one of the best ways for President-elect Biden – President Biden to deal with an investigation into his son? Ought to there be a particular counsel? Ought to that U.S. legal professional be allowed to do his investigation and keep in that job? What do you suppose?

(…)

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