Buttigieg: Biden to Use Billions in Taxpayer Money to Fight 'Racist' Highway Designs
Transportation secretary reveals administration's plans for infrastructure bill cash
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has announced that Democrat Joe Biden is planning to spend billions of dollars in taxpayer money on fighting "racism" in America's highway designs.
Buttigieg revealed the Biden administration is planning to use money from the taxpayer-funded infrastructure bill to tackle, what he claims, are racist designs that are "built into the roadways."
Buttigieg made the remarks in response to a question from White House correspondent April Ryan during a press briefing.
Buttigieg was taking questions about the infrastructure bill when Ryan asked him how he would “deconstruct the racism that was built into the roadways.”
Ryan then referenced an earlier interview Buttigieg gave with The Grio in April about "systemic racism."
Buttigieg had told The Grio that "there is racism physically built into some of our highways."
"So, the principle of Justice40 is that at least 40 percent of the clean investments in this bill will go to benefit the communities that are overburdened and underserved,” Buttigieg responded to Ryan's question during Monday's briefing.
"So, part one of that is defining those investments that are eligible, and that’s a lot of it, and we’re working to map out kind of program by program, mode by mode, what would qualify.”
"As to where we target those dollars, you know, I’m still surprised that some people were surprised when I pointed to the fact that if a highway was built for the purpose of dividing a white and a black neighborhood, or if an underpass was constructed such that a bus carrying mostly black and Puerto Rican kids to a beach — or that would have been — in New York was designed too low for it to pass by, that that obviously reflects racism that went into those design choices,” he claimed.
"I don’t think we have anything to lose by confronting that simple reality.
"And I think we have everything to gain by acknowledging it and then dealing with it, which is why the Reconnecting Communities — that billion dollars — is something we want to get to work right away putting to work.”
Reporter @AprilDRyan to @PeteButtigieg: “Can you give us the construct of how you will deconstruct the racism that was built into the roadways? ... Can you talk to us about how that could be deconstructed?” pic.twitter.com/FXXEq5tuQL— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 8, 2021
Republicans and critics swiftly piled on Ryan's question for insinuating that roads are "racist."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted, "The roads are racist. We must get rid of roads."
Republican Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance also weighed in.
"Nothing in this country works," he commented.
"It takes years to repair a bridge that was built in far less time.
"Every big city has skyrocketing murder rates.
"China is about to take over the world even as we name Navy ships after pedophiles.
"And our reporters ask about the racism of our roads?"
"’Please make our roads thinner and less racist’ This is where our media is today," The Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller wrote.
Ryan has been criticized for her liberal bias and for openly cheering on Democrat officials.
In December, the CNN political analyst praised former President Obama in light of his new memoir.
"You cannot work in that special, unique place and not have memories, and you are one of my fondest memories, and I thank you," she wrote on Instagram.