Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg was caught riding a bike with multiple SUVs following behind him on his way to a Cabinet meeting in what appears to have been an attempt at an environmentalist photo-op.
Buttigieg has been leading the Biden administration’s efforts to handle climate change. He likely wanted to look climate-friendly by showing up to the meeting on bike. But CNN reporter DJ Judd caught Mayor Pete unloading the bike from a big SUV just moments before.
“Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg biked to the White House for today’s Cabinet Meeting, it would appear,” Judd wrote.
A longer version of the video shows security personnel unloading the bike off a bike rack on the back of the SUV. Then the former Democratic presidential candidate takes the bike and waits until several security agents’ SUVs are ready to escort him. Then he takes off on the bike with the vehicles following closely behind.
Buttigieg’s clothing in the video matches what he was seen wearing at the White House meeting, according to a photo posted on President Joe Biden’s Twitter account on Thursday.
One Twitter user commented on the video, which has over a million views, calling it “Pete Buttigieg’s dog and pony show.”
“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,” the user said.
This is not the first time that Buttigieg has chosen to ride a bike through the District. In February, he and other Cabinet members were filmed cycling through the Navy Yard.
Buttigieg caught backlash this week after suggesting that Americans should be taxed for every mile they drive as a possible way to fund the administration’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan.
The plan, unveiled this week, reserves most of its supposed “infrastructure” spending for progressive initiatives like combatting climate change and providing free community college.