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United States Transportation Department Secretary Pete Buttigieg ran scared from Loomer Unleashed Tuesday on Capitol Hill after we pressed him on the Department of Transportation’s emphasis on DEI endangering Americans’ lives. Loomer Unleashed reported that Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation has embraced DEI practices by creating the DOT Equity Council and the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity. Norfolk Southern, which was involved in the East Palestine disaster, Boeing, and Synergy Marine Group, which managed the boat that smashed into the Key Bridge, have all embraced race-based hiring. It is pathetic that Mayor Pete refuses to answer for putting Americans’ lives in danger.

Buttigieg seemed fearful about walking past Loomer Unleashed as he waited in his car for multiple minutes. After finally deciding to exit the vehicle, Mayor Pete greeted us, saying, “Good Morning.” 

We responded, ” Secretary Buttigieg, is the Transportation Department’s emphasis on DEI putting Americans’ safety in danger?” We also asked Buttigieg to comment on the collapse of the Baltimore bridge. Buttigieg remained silent as he walked into his Capitol Hill hearing. 

Loomer captioned the video, “As you can imagine, Mayor Pete didn’t have much to say about his Didn’t’ Earn It hiring practices!”

Buttigieg implemented DEI practices via the DOT Equity Task Force. The Biden Administration described the task force, In response to Executive Order 13985, DOT formed a temporary Equity Task Force to help produce the Department’s first-ever Equity Action Plan and DOT-wide equity strategic goal. The DOT Equity Council (Council), which was established through DOT Order 1000.17, builds on the foundation laid by the DOT Equity Task Force to further institutionalize equity across the Department’s policies and programs.”

Buttigieg also created the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity, whose press release reads, “Equity is a top priority for the Biden-Harris Administration, which is reflected in the Department’s strategic priorities. The objective of the reestablished Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on comprehensive, interdisciplinary issues related to transportation equity from a variety of stakeholders involved in transportation planning, design, research, policy, and advocacy in pursuit of the Department’s equity goals.”

Companies in the travel and transportation industry have taken notice of Biden and Buttigieg’s DEI demands. Norfolk Southern, whose train and railroad were involved in the East Palestine, Ohio disaster, has a DEI commitment on its website that reads, “We are dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion because our people and communities are at the heart of what we do—and because a diverse, inclusive workplace culture is critical to our success.”

Synergy Marine Group, the Singapore-based company managing the ship that destroyed Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, practices DEI hiring. According to Synergy Marine Group’s website, “Issues related to diversity are a high priority at Synergy…We will continue to attract, hire, and retain a diverse workforce because that is a key source of good ideas, and talented applicants will be drawn to work with us. But hiring for diversity alone is not enough. We want to ensure that our employees can bring their full selves to work – that they can belong in the fullest sense to the community inside the organization.”

Synergy Marine Group’s statement on DEI concludes with, “Although diversity can be created through deliberate hiring practices, inclusion may not automatically follow. We want our entire workforce to appreciate and show sensitivity to the cultural, and any other, differences that exist in our teams, as well as among the people we interact with in our daily business. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels they belong.”

Buttigieg’s emphasis on DEI has put Americans’ lives in danger. It is shameful that the public servants in the Biden White House refuse to answer for their countless disasters. 

Charles Downs