This was creepy… the intention was to threaten and intimidateENTIRELY unacceptable — Cheryl MEGA Ultra MAGA (@cheryleliz) February 23, 2023
Do any legacy media have a sliver of honor left that’ll inspire them to stick up for a @DailyCaller journalist being intimidated by a powerful cabinet member like @PeteButtigieg? @CNNPR @nytimes @MSNBCPR @washingtonpost @pressfreedom @AP @MeetThePress @NBCNews @abcnews @ICIJorg— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) February 22, 2023
And there was plenty of praise for Taer’s shoe-leather approach to reporting.
I guess aaw shucks Mayor Pete has a creepy side.— 🇺🇸 MSQUARED🇺🇸 🗽 (@melissamiller33) February 22, 2023
Good work!— Rich Zeoli (@Richzeoli) February 22, 2023
Naturally, there were a few blinkered libs who defended Buttigieg, claiming he had a right to “personal time” or even likening Taer’s polite professional questions to the leftist mob that appeared at a D.C. restaurant where Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was dining in July after the court overturned Roe v. Wade. That’s nonsense on stilts, and any honest person knows it. But the real issue here isn’t so much Buttigieg’s abhorrent treatment of a reporter on a sidewalk as it is what it shows about how he views the American public he’s supposed to serve. This is a guy who took months of paternity leave after he and his partner adopted twins — while the country was in the midst of a historic supply chain crisis. (Maybe someone should have alerted him that “supply chain crisis” means “transportation” crisis.) He clearly had no problem then elevating his personal desires above the actual needs of the nation he’s supposed to be helping lead. Just as he claimed his “personal time” when he was trying to give Taer the brush-off. And he might not like it, but dealing with the public very much includes dealing with journalists, even if they’re not from Democratic-propaganda outlets like The New York Times. But most of all, when it came right down to it, he resorted to the implied intimidation of taking Taer’s photo — for no imaginably good reason. With that in mind, Taer’s Twitter caption makes a factual statement ring with defiance: “I’m just doing my job, sir.” One Twitter post put it perfectly:
You’re a total pro. If he wants to be a private citizen and take personal time, he should resign from his cabinet position. Great work!— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) February 22, 2023
Buttigieg and his fans like to promote his aw-shucks persona, like he’s just ol’ “Mayor Pete” of South Bend, Indiana, and a Navy reserve veteran who made it to the big time with nothing in his heart but a willingness to serve. But the moment here showed something different: A man who’s evasive, arrogant and essentially a creep. In the circles he runs in, though, that’s a plus. Considering the party’s nominees going back to former President Bill Clinton’s “boxers or briefs” heyday, Buttigieg could make a great Democratic candidate for president someday. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Great job Jennie! Your persistence brought out his true nature. Keep up the good work!— Michael Goolsby (@MichaelGoolsbyV) February 22, 2023