In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, an Ohio resident tore into U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in regards to the train derailment and ecological disaster in East Palestine, Ohio. He called on the former mayor to “step down.”
The resident revealed that immediately after the derailment and controlled release of chemicals, “I started — I personally — and I had a couple friends of mine who did not feel well.”
“It did go away, but, and also the smell has definitely been different,” he said, and then described the symptoms as “my stomach — like my abdomen — stomach ache, a lot of pain. And then my friends, they had coughs.”
“So it’s not good. It’s definitely not good,” he continued. “Most people did not take any precautions, because no one from the federal level gave any precautions. There was nothing.”
“There was no advice,” the resident explained. “It was just like, ‘Alright, we are going to do a controlled nuke of your town, okay? And look over here while the whole cloud over the whole town is just black,’ going, ‘Oh, it’s definitely not toxic. Don’t worry about a thing.’”
He recalled, “People are like, ‘I can’t breathe.’ Other people are coughing, I’m getting stomach — abdomen pain that I’ve never had in my life, 33 years, never had it in my entire life, and all of the sudden it’s there. But, ‘Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with the toxic chemicals.’”
When asked what he would tell Buttigieg or President Joe Biden, the resident said,“Pete Buttigieg, you should step down. That’s the truth. You’re not very good at your job at all. In fact, you stink.”
“Biden, the truth is, Biden’s not really there. We know that,” he stated. “It’s like Weekend at Bernie’s with him. So, Biden, whatever.”
On February 3, a Norfolk Southern train transporting hazardous chemicals, including vinyl chloride, derailed in East Palestine. Just days later, officials performed a “controlled release” of the chemicals, which exploded into the air and then quickly leeched into the soil and surrounding bodies of water.
Despite being compared to Chernobyl by experts, Buttigieg seems to have bigger priorities.
On Monday, he spoke at the National Association of Counties Conference, where he suggested that there were too many white people on construction sites, and scolded attendees to “really work with organized labor, to work with your contractors, to work with your community colleges on holding a workforce that reflects the community.”
When he finally addressed East Palestine on Twitter, he only blamed former President Donald Trump for the derailment, claiming, “We’re constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation.”
We’re constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation (like the braking rule withdrawn by the Trump administration in 2018 because of a law passed by Congress in 2015), but we are using the powers we do have to keep people safe. https://t.co/xRyyYpGOwd
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) February 14, 2023