FACT CHECK: Pete Buttigieg Is a 'Capable and Competent' Leader

Verdict: There is no evidence to support this claim

February 25, 2023

Claim: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, sometimes referred to as Alfred E. Neuman, is a "capable and competent" leader who can stand up to former president Donald Trump.

Who said it: The Lincoln Project, sometimes referred to as the Lincoln Pervert Project. "Until capable and competent leaders stand up to Trump, he will continue to deflect," the controversial super PAC wrote in a tweet that linked to an article about Buttigieg blaming Trump for the toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

Context: The Lincoln Project is comprised of Democratic activists and extremely online "former Republicans" who enjoy grifting almost as much as they enjoy acting like boorish man-children. They will support any politician who appeals to their donors—rich liberals driven insane by Trump—and Buttigieg is one of the most beloved Democrats among this particular demographic.

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Analysis: We couldn't find any evidence to support the claim that Buttigieg is a "capable and competent" leader, just as we couldn't find any evidence to support claims that the transportation secretary is a "star of Biden's cabinet." There has been a multitude of transportation-related scandals on his watch, and he has handled each one of them with the political deftness of a humanoid McKinsey consultant who learns Norwegian in his spare time.

This should not come as a surprise. Riding a bicycle and wanting to be president after serving eight years as mayor of South Bend, the fourth-largest city in Indiana, do not make someone qualified to run the U.S. Department of Transportation. His accomplishments as mayor include creating a bike share program, repaving the road in front of his house, and enraging the black community by neglecting their concerns while running for president at the age of 37.

Verdict: We rate this claim 4 Clintons.
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