On April 1, 2021, a video displaying U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg unloading a bike from an SUV was shared on social media. Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza published: “Buttigieg CAUGHT Faking Green Lifestyle, Rides Bike to Work After Car Drops Him Off Near Destination.” A headline on The Post Millennial learn: “WATCH: ‘Environmentalist’ Buttigieg unloads bike from SUV before riding the short distance to his destination.”
Twitter consumer @Xeriland tweeted that it was “Pete Buttigieg’s dog and pony show.” He claimed: “Use an armored Suburban to bring a bike within a short distance of the destination. Unload it and ride in with a security detail in tow, pretending to save energy.”
These headlines, YouTube video titles, and tweets have been all deceptive and false. Buttigieg was not caught on digital camera staging a bike experience.
We contacted the U.S. Department of Transportation. A spokesperson advised us: “He rode his bike to the White House Cabinet meeting and he rode his bike back to DOT after the meeting.”
According to Google Maps, the 6-mile spherical journey would possibly take around 40 minutes on a bicycle.
The video in query was first posted by CNN journalist DJ Judd, who made no point out of Buttigieg staging the bike experience:
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg biked to the White House for at the moment’s Cabinet Meeting, it will seem. pic.twitter.com/XfYRB3COqm
— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) April 1, 2021
The video confirmed Buttigieg mounting the bicycle and finally driving away with the SUV following him. Katie Barlow from SCOTUSblog replied to DJ Judd’s tweet, writing: “And biked out of the complex.”
And biked out of the complicated. pic.twitter.com/M50jDbEQ1s
— Katie Barlow (@katieleebarlow) April 1, 2021
The @Breaking911 Twitter account falsely tweeted that the video confirmed his arrival. This was deceptive in that it implied Buttigieg arrived to the White House in the SUV after which “wobbled” a quick distance to the Cabinet assembly:
As for why the SUV was there, Buttigieg has a security detail. The bicycle appeared to have been saved on the SUV’s bike rack whereas he was contained in the White House for a Cabinet assembly.
DJ Judd’s video was subsequently shared on Buttigieg’s personal Twitter account, an odd alternative if he had been “caught” doing one thing in a unhealthy mild.
Pete Buttigieg was born in “car country,” so the Indiana native would appear to have the right background to be U.S. Transportation secretary. But as he made abundantly clear Wednesday addressing the annual League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit, he’s been born once more as a bike fanatic.
“I come from an auto-making part of the country, and we’re proud of it,” stated Buttigieg, who made a quick opening assertion in the course of the digital occasion earlier than taking questions from League Director Bill Nesper. “But we can definitely be more of a bicycling country.”
In sum, no, Buttigieg was not caught staging a bike experience after driving in an SUV. Countless headlines, YouTube video titles, and tweets have been deceptive and false.