National Reporter Calls Out Truckers for “Wildly Homophobic” Attacks on Pete Buttigieg
Washington D.C. – A transportation reporter for an inside the Beltway media operation took to social media this week to call out truckers for “wildly homophobic” comments he says were directed at President Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
Sam Mintz covers the transportation industry for The Politico and said his “faith in humanity” was shaken this week after reading comments from truckers on Facebook about USDOT Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which is almost a foregone conclusion, Buttigieg will become only the second openly gay person to hold a cabinet level position.
Mayor Pete is married to 31-year-old Chasten Buttigieg who is a schoolteacher, writer, and LGBTQ rights advocate.
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) January 20, 2021
On Wednesday, January 20, Mintz took to Twitter to report to his followers about the bigotry he says he observed inside the trucking community.
“I belong to a Facebook group of truck drivers that I’ve used for reporting in the past,” he wrote. “I was scrolling tonight and saw someone had posted asking what members think of Pete Buttigieg. I’d say fully half of the responses were wildly, disturbingly, violently homophobic.”
I belong to a Facebook group of truck drivers that I’ve used for reporting in the past. I was scrolling tonight and saw someone had posted asking what members think of Pete Buttigieg. I’d say fully half of the responses were wildly, disturbingly, violently homophobic.
— Sam Mintz (@samjmintz) January 21, 2021
Mintz continued, “It was hard to read. Even knowing social media is a cesspool it shook my faith in humanity a little bit.”
He did not disclose which Facebook group he read the alleged comments in.
The tweet elicited a number of responses as some commenters lashed out at truckers.
Well, it is truck drivers. Half were disturbing, but maybe the other half were not? Better than more than that. All I can say. Consider the source. Likely uneducated white males, what would you expect?
— Alspace (@pwlm49) January 21, 2021
Theyre Truck Drives they use public showers who cares what they think
— Mojo (@BynumMojo) January 21, 2021
Lisa Borta claimed her husband often dealt with “racism and xenophobia” from “white” drivers while he worked as a truck driver.
My husband drove a truck for a number of years when he 1st came to the US (from Kashmir). He dealt with racism & xenophobia from other (white) truckers on a regular basis. So many truckers listen to right-wing talk radio all day long; that there is some pervasive mind pollution.
— Lisa Borta✈🐝🥷🐔🐓🤺🍷 (@DameLisaBorta) January 21, 2021
Another commenter shared a similar story.
My husband is a retired truck driver, sadly this kind of shit is way too common for them and they are mostly Trumpers (not my hubby)in spite of a lot of them being Union members.
— Lin Hodkinson😷 🐝👷♀️🚌🚗🚊🚇🚉✈️🚧🛣🛤 (@piptiegirl) January 21, 2021
Some commenters even suggested reporting truckers who make offensive statements online to their employers.
Perhaps their employers need to read their homophobic rants and see if it aligns with their company values.
— princess_Babs (@princessBabs3) January 21, 2021
One commenter attempted to defend the trucking community.
Very sad to hear this. But tangentially we just drove from dallas to south bend, much at night. Saw hundreds of trucks on access roads & rest areas at night. What a tough job to sleep on the road and shower in a truck stop. I appreciate what they do!
— Linda Newman (@lindytx21) January 21, 2021
On Thursday, Buttigieg testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Click HERE to read a recap.
Click HERE to watch the hearing.
Photo courtesy of Chasten Buttigieg/Twitter