In case you were wondering if Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was making any more sense in recent comments, she said at a Michigan rally that Democrats including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg were trying to “emasculate the way we drive,” so the answer is no.
“I literally don’t even understand what that means,” Buttigieg said of Greene’s comments in an appearance on Fox. “My sense of manhood is not connected to whether my vehicle is fueled by gasoline or whether it’s fueled by electricity.” Asked by host Neil Cavuto about whether he was offended, Buttigieg continued, “It was a strange thing to say. To be honest, there are other members of Congress that I pay more attention to when I’m thinking about opinions that really matter or ideas that are going to be critical to engage with. I do think we need to zoom out a little bit. I know people want to make this ideological. They want to make it political. We’re talking about something like electric vehicles — we’re talking again about a very practical matter, which is how we get from point A to point B. And if industry and the world are moving in a direction that adopts a new technology, the real question is, are we going to let China lead that, or are we going to lead it here in the United States of America?”
Check out Buttigieg’s remarks below:
Pete Buttigieg responds to Marjorie Taylor Greene on Fox News: "My sense of manhood is not connected whether my vehicle is fueled by gasoline or electricity." pic.twitter.com/ZJZ1kzuUD7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 4, 2022
Odd rants like Greene’s diatribe at the Trump show in Michigan, where a reporter on the scene found empty attendee space before the former president’s speech started and saw people seemingly leaving in significant number before it was over, make it clear how it’s difficult to even engage on basic policy concerns with some of these people. It’s not about that to them — Trump, for instance, doesn’t seem to care at all that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is an ardent conservative who has voted with the Republican Party almost all the time. It’s about loyalty, and that’s the sort of scenario that leads to the rejection of reality that underpinned the plots to undo Biden’s win in the last election. What exactly would Trump’s policy agenda constitute if he runs again? At rallies, he’s still talking about the last election. Is he going to try and win re-election because of conspiracy theories about imaginary fraud?