Radio host slams Pete Buttigieg for improving ‘zero hits’ infrastructure as mayor


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Local radio show host Casey Hendrickson said while he was mayor of South Bend, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s policies were making roads less safe on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday.

“For generations we imagined that the real problem with our infrastructure in this country was that the roads had potholes in collapsing bridges. It was Pete Buttigieg, one of the first to note that ‘ No, the real problem with our roads and bridges in this country is [that they are] racist,” host Tucker Carlson said.

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The Fox host referenced a report by REAL News Michiana, a conservative local news site, alleging Buttigieg’s “Smart Streets” policies resulted in the death of an 11-year-old boy.

Hendrickson responded by saying he tried to caution against choosing Buttigieg to manage America’s infrastructure.

“[Buttigieg] has no success in infrastructure planning in South Bend,” Hendrickson said. “Everything he touched that dealt with transportation was a dismal failure, including smart streets, which brought Tristan [Moore] killed – and he was warned. He was told there was [are] serious problems,” the radio host said.

In 2017, Moore was killed crossing Michigan Street with his 8-year-old brother. Several residents told city council officials they believed changes to the area, such as turning off some traffic lights, may have been responsible.

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Carlson then followed Buttigieg’s comments about racist infrastructure, wondering if the former mayor ‘made the roads less racist, although he obviously made them more dangerous, but did they become more fairness oriented? as mayor?

Hendrickson responded that Buttigieg “probably made him more racist given the demographics surrounding downtown South Bend”.

“Because what it did was it actually increased the response time for first responders,” Hendrickson said. “And there are high crime areas around that would primarily affect the minorities in South Bend. And it actually made it a lot worse for them to get help from first responders than it did before.”

Buttigieg at a Senate confirmation hearing in Washington

Buttigieg at a Senate confirmation hearing in Washington
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Carlson replied, “Wait, you’re telling me that a guy [who] spends all his time mumbling about how much he loves black people, but hurts them when he gets the chance?”

“Come on, guess what,” Hendrickson replied.


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