Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was asked at the White House press briefing Monday about the alleged racism "built into the roadways."
During the White House press conference, Buttigieg was taking questions about the monstrous infrastructure bill, which passed through Congress last week.
CNN's April Ryan asked Buttigieg about the Biden administration's plans to "deconstruct the racism" that's allegedly built into America's infrastructure.
"Also can you give us the construct of how you will deconstruct the racism that was built into the roadways?" Ryan asked Buttigieg in the White House briefing room.
Shen then referenced an earlier interview Buttigieg gave The Grio back in April when he said "there is racism physically built into some of our highways."
"I'm still surprised that had some people were surprised when I pointed to the fact that if a highway was built for the purpose of dividing a white and a black neighborhood or if an underpass was constructed such that a bus carrying mostly Black and Puerto Rican kids to a beach, or that would have been, in New York was designed too low for it to pass by, that that obviously reflects racism that went into those design choices," Buttigieg responded during the press briefing.
He added that he doesn't think "we have anything to lose by confronting that simple reality" and that "we have everything to gain by acknowledging it and then dealing with it, which is why they are reconnecting communities that billion dollars is something we want to get to work right away putting to work."
Critics, pundits, and Republicans took to social media Monday to mock Ryan's question insinuating unironically that roads are "racist."
"The roads are racist. We must get rid of roads," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted.
Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, also an Ohio candidate running for Senate, added on Twitter: "Nothing in this country works. It takes years to repair a bridge that was built in far less time. Every big city has skyrocketing murder rates. China is about to take over the world even as we name Navy ships after pedophiles. And our reporters ask about the racism of our roads?"
"Please make our roads thinner and less racist," Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller ridiculed. "This is where our media is today."
"Critical Race Journalist," syndicated columnist Tim Graham quipped.
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