On an episode of “The View,” Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined hosts Joy Behar, Sara Haines, and Ana Navarro to discuss Florida’s new “Parental Rights in Education” law, and his comments backfired hilariously.
The new law, which protects parents’ rights, prevents classroom discussion regarding gender identity and sexual orientation in Florida’s K-3 grades, and bans staff from concealing or encouraging students to conceal details of discussions from parents, was signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on March 28.
Speaking with the show’s co-hosts, Buttigieg absurdly claimed that the legislation “will kill kids,” then went on to make even more outlandish accusations against DeSantis, adding inflation and high gas prices to his list of the governor’s crimes.
“Your husband, Chasten, is a teacher and he’s been a vocal critic of what’s going on in my state of Florida when the, with the so-called ‘don’t say gay’ law, which he says will kill kids. Do you agree?” Navarro asked Buttigieg.
“Yeah, he’s right,” the transportation secretary replied. “And I think every law to be judged for the effect it’s going to have on real people in real life, and I get the political reasons why they’re doing this. By the way, some of those political reasons (laughs), they don’t have a plan on anything else, right? I mean, they don’t have a plan on dealing with inflation or dealing with gas prices or dealing with the issues.”
Buttigieg’s bizarre statement received immediate backlash on Twitter.
“‘They don’t have a plan for dealing with inflation, or dealing with high gas prices….’ says the Secretary of Transportation. Oh there’s a plan. The voters have noticed that these problems became problems when your administration arrived. That’s fixable. November is coming,” wrote one Twitter user.
“That’s correct. Kids will die unless we let teachers talk to 5, 6, and 7 year olds about sex behind their parents’ backs,” wrote another Twitter user.
“‘They don’t have a plan on inflation or gas prices’…..Siri, who is Secretary of Transportation???” another Twitter user asked sarcastically.