Last Updated on March 15, 2023


A Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday found that most American voters want Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to resign after the East Palestine, Ohio disaster. Buttigieg received criticism after telling a reporter he was on ‘personal time’ when asked when he would visit East Palestine. The Biden official eventually visited East Palestine, Ohio, albeit one day after former President Donald Trump.

51 percent of registered voters answered yes when asked, “Should Buttigieg resign as a result of how the Transportation Department handled the recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio?”

The Rasmussen Reports poll data showed 68 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of Independents, and 35 percent of Democrats believe that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg should resign due to his handling of the East Palestine Ohio Train derailment.

In response to the poll, Congresswomen Lauren Boebert (R-CO) endorsed the sentiment in a tweet. “51% of Americans want Pete Buttigieg to resign from his position as Transportation Secretary. Proud to be cosponsoring a resolution calling for exactly that. Pete’s incompetence & disregard for the American people has no place in our government,” Boebert wrote.

Other Republican members of Congress cosponsoring Mike Waltz’s (FL) resolution calling on Buttigieg to resign include Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Mike Collins (R-GA), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Greg Steube (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Mary Miller (R-IL), and Ryan Zinke (R-MT).

2023 has been a challenging year for Pete Buttigieg. First, in January, FAA computer systems crashed, forcing all United States flights to be temporarily grounded. Then, last week NationalFile reported a close friend of Mayor Pete had been arrested on 56 counts of child sex charges.

Criticism of Buttigieg grew louder when a reporter asked Pete when he would visit East Palestine, Ohio, and Buttigieg responded by saying he was on personal time.

Buttigieg also faced criticism after saying, “There are roughly 1,000 cases a year of a train derailing,” in an attempt to play down the train derailments happening across America in 2023.

The Biden White House has told the American people multiple times in the last few weeks that Joe Biden still has confidence in Buttigieg.

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