(LibertySociety.com) – In an interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight, U.S. Senator J.D. Vance of Ohio expressed his disappointment with the priorities of the federal government. Vance has been a critic of the government, expressing disappointment that it’s focused more on “fake” issues than addressing the issues he feels really matter. Specifically, he said the Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg talks about how important it is to have diversity hires rather than the importance of safety and viability in the industry. Buttigieg has faced serious blowback from the way his department has handled various issues over the last two years, the latest of which is the train derailment in Palestine, Ohio.
Vance expressed his frustration with our government officials when discussing the train derailment in his home state that occurred on February 3, 2023. He stated that “We are ruled by unserious people who are worried about fake problems,” adding that there are more important things that are causing our country to fall apart. The train derailment resulted in a host of toxic chemicals being released into the air, which prompted officials to order a mandatory evacuation of areas in Ohio and Pennsylvania. According to Newsweek, officials lifted the evacuation order after tests confirmed that there were no unsafe levels of toxins present in the air.
Residents are still complaining about symptoms they are experiencing, according to the outlet, although Republican Governor Mike DeWine stated that the quality of the air is “similar to what they would have expected prior to the train wreck.” The outrage expressed by Vance and multiple media outlets prompted Secretary Buttigieg to finally make a public statement on February 13th, 2023, ten days after the accident. He expressed his concern for the residents and their safety, ensured the public that the Department of Transportation is still investigating, and made it clear that it was important to get vital information to the people who are affected.
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