Child Died After Pete Buttigieg Covered Up Traffic Light

( You might have already heard that “president-elect” Joe Biden has chosen failed presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary, should he be inaugurated on January 20.

What you might not know, however, is that Buttigieg has a surprising history when it comes to the topic of transport…and it’s not a good history.

On Tuesday, Biden announced that he would give the role to Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and described him as a “patriot and a problem-solver who speaks to the best of who we are as a nation.”

Whatever that means.

“I am nominating him for Secretary of Transportation because this position stands at the nexus of so many of the interlocking challenges and opportunities ahead of us,” he added.

Well, Buttigieg has presumably taken a bus or a train before, so he is…sort of qualified.

But years before Buttigieg received the honor of becoming Biden’s Transportation Secretary nominee, he used his power as mayor to cover up a traffic light with a bag because a paid consultant said it wasn’t important. A child later died at the intersection.

The South Bend Tribune reports how, during his time at Mayor of South Bend in 2016, he placed a bag over a traffic light on the intersection between Michigan Street and South Street.

After placing a bag over the light and installing a notice telling local people that the intersection’s lights were changing, Buttigieg had to bend to public backlash and eventually just installed new lights.

Sure sounds like real, inspiring leadership for the next Transportation Secretary!

In early 2017, before the new traffic lights were installed, an 11-year-old boy was hit by a car and killed at the intersection. Buttigieg later played down the role of the city in his death, despite an SUV hitting the child as he was walking to school where the lights used to be.

“We simply don’t know whether it would have made any difference yesterday morning as two children darted across the street, at an angle, and one of them, outside the crosswalk, was struck and killed,” Buttigieg said at the time.

Not just a leader, but a compassionate leader, huh?