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.” Doing a little gymnastics to reduce DNI Richard Grenell’s achievement as the primary overtly homosexual cupboard member, Tapper requested:

You’re going to be the primary overtly homosexual individual 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 staff. You are now going to be main a division that has practically 60,000 staff 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 missed his visitor’s blunder with potholes.

 

 

As NewsBusters beforehand detailed when CBS News tried to cover-up his failures, Buttigieg’s historical past with highway tasks was so abysmal that South Bend residents pleaded to Domino’s Pizza to present town a grant of $5,000 to assist remedy 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 workforce is reportedly already laying the groundwork for a significant infrastructure invoice inside Biden’s first yr in workplace. It might 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 be aware, one thing of a operating joke beneath President Trump. Is a deal attainable and what else would you deal with as transportation secretary, along with a significant infrastructure invoice?

For his ultimate query, Tapper really requested Buttigieg about Hunter Biden being investigated by the U.S. lawyer in Delaware. However within the midst of the query, he accused Trump of “swampy offers in the case of investigations and pardons and commutations in the case of 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 intrude 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 “increase”):

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. Will 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 ought to be, submitting “first dude” as his most well-liked decide.

That is CNN. 

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

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

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. Will 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. Japanese

TAPPER: Let’s flip to your historic nomination. You’re going to be the primary overtly homosexual individual 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. Japanese

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

(…)

9:40:44 a.m. Japanese

TAPPER: The Biden workforce is reportedly already laying the groundwork for a significant infrastructure invoice inside Biden’s first yr in workplace. It might 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 be aware, one thing of a operating joke beneath President Trump. Is a deal attainable and what else would you deal with as transportation secretary, along with a significant infrastructure invoice?

(…)

9:43:05 a.m. Japanese

TAPPER: Along with specializing in transportation, I’m positive that you just, as simply an skilled politician, might 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. lawyer 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 workforce. How ought to Biden administration deal with this investigation so the American folks will be assured that it is completed in a free and truthful method with none undue affect?

We’re getting, —We’re rising from 4 years of all kinds of swampy offers in the case of investigations and pardons and commutations in the case of the President’s allies and such. What’s the easiest way 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. lawyer be allowed to do his investigation and keep in that job? What do you suppose?

(…)

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