'Dumb & dumber': Kamala Harris & Pete Buttigieg SLAMMED for promoting e-buses amid rising gas prices

VP Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg were slammed for holding a 'tone-deaf' event to promote electric buses amid the rising gas prices in the US


                            'Dumb & dumber': Kamala Harris & Pete Buttigieg SLAMMED for promoting e-buses amid rising gas prices
VP Kamala Harris (L) and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg were criticized by Republicans as well as Twitter users (Chip Somodevilla and Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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US Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg were slammed for organizing a "tone-deaf" event that focused on promoting electric buses (e-buses) amid the rising gas prices in the United States. Many people feel that their action was quite "dumb" and "out of touch with reality."

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Harris and her potential rival Pete Buttigieg teamed up for an event, celebrating the first anniversary of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed last March with only Democratic support at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House on 7 March. In the event, neither Harris nor Buttigieg specifically mentioned the rising gas prices or the Russian invasion of Ukraine that threatens to increase gas prices even more. At the event, Harris asked her audience to imagine a future with electric vehicles.

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VP Harris said, “Imagine a future: the freight trucks that deliver bread and milk to our grocery store shelves and the buses that take children to school and parents to work. Imagine all the heavy-duty vehicles that keep our supply lines strong and allow our economy to grow. Imagine that they produce zero emissions. Well, you all imagined it."

“That’s why we’re here today,” Harris continued. “Because we have the ability to see what can be unburdened by what has been, and then to make the possible actually happen," she added. Then, she announced the release of $1.5 billion to local transit authorities for electric buses.

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Harris informed that the Transportation Department also was releasing $2.2 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act to 35 transit agencies in 18 states to “help communities and bring in more transit workers and keep transit services running.” Harris also added that a new EPA rule will tighten emissions standards for heavy trucks.

Transport Secretary Buttigieg said that e-buses could improve public health and that transportation has to be a big part of the solution to the climate crisis and air pollution. "One of our tools for doing that is public transit," he added.

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However, the event was not well received by many as Oklahoma Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, tweeted, “Vice President Kamala Harris and DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg spent the afternoon promoting electric vehicles and Green New Deal policies. Are you kidding me? The Biden Administration could not be more tone deaf."

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Besides Mullin, many Twitter users feel that Harris and Buttigieg's actions are "dumb" and "way out of reality".

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A person wrote, "What dumb & dumber look like...#KamalaHarris & #PeteButtigieg. #tonedeaf #dumbanddumber #BidenEnergyCrisis #ElectricVehicles #BidenGasCrisis."

Another wrote, "Pete is vying with Kamala Harris to see who can be the farthest removed from reality. It's about neck and neck so far, but both are pushing hard for the lead. @WhiteHouse @VP @PeteButtigieg."

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One person sarcastically compared the situation to an increase in food prices and wrote, "I am worried about the high cost of food. Do you recommend that I stop eating and switch to just drinking water? OR should I buy a Kroger Store, fully stocked? Thanks Sec'ty Pete!"

 


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