Biden’s Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is catching plenty of heat on social media after complaining about the high rent in Washington D.C.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Chasten Buttigieg, husband of Pete Buttigieg, complained that they “couldn’t find” anything bigger than a one-bedroom to fit in their budget.
The Buttigiegs chose an 800-square foot apartment in a high-security building where rent starts at $4,500 a month, though Chasten claims they pay “closer to $3,000.”
To be sure, there are cheaper apartments in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. A quick search of Aparments.com finds over 1,000 apartments available for $2,000 per month or less.
Buttigieg makes over $221,000. Starting salaries for Congressional staff is usually in the low $30,000s, so you can just imagine what kind of a bind they might find themselves in.
Chasten said of the high-priced rent, “We’re doing fine for ourselves, and [yet] the city is almost unaffordable. Which tells you how extremely unaffordable it is for many people.”
buttigieg: *complains about $4,500 rent*
average DC resident: pic.twitter.com/I5jjaQNAuy
— Logan Hall (@loganclarkhall) July 26, 2021
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Long Way From South Bend
Chasten claimed they chose their mega-bucks apartment because of the high security.
But before we all chip in on a block of government cheese for Pete and Chasten, there is the fact that, when Pete became Sec. of Transportation, and the move to Washington was in the works, they sold their old Victorian home in South Bend.
Then there is the house on Lake Michigan. Wait, what?
The Buttigiegs purchased a home in Traverse City, Michigan. No word on whether the Washington Post reporter has asked all the other residents of Washington D.C. who can barely afford to live there, and have no den, about their second home.
Lol Pete and Chasten complaining about DC rent after buying a home in one of the most expensive parts of Michigan… ok
— Rebecca Baird-Remba (@thecitywanderer) July 26, 2021
Getting Called Out On Social Media
Social media wasted no time taking the Buttigiegs to task for their glaring self-unawareness.
Even those associated with news outlets not necessarily considered conservative commented on the Buttigiegs newfound oppression.
Imagine being so far removed from the real world that you complain about your $4,500/mo apartment not having a den.
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) July 26, 2021
Washington Post Reporter Josh Dawsey was all too willing to help the Buttigiegs find reasonably prices housing in the D.C. area. Who knows, it might even have a den.
you can get a nice 1BR (or a 2BR in some cases) for significantly less than $4,500 a month in DC… https://t.co/auG8rh4g0i
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 26, 2021
CBS News reporter Kathryn Watson seemed to be asking if Chasten was referring to the Washington D.C., or someplace else with the same name.
My roommate and I have a 2 bed/2 bath + den in the middle of the city and our rent costs nowhere near $4500 a month. https://t.co/sezxEHxNbS
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) July 26, 2021
Senior Club for Growth Analyst Andrew Follett commented on the fiscal responsibility of Democrat elites in general.
Is it just too much to ask, a bit of personal fiscal responsibility from people who identify with a party that thinks it is all fun and games, until they run out of other peoples’ money?
Hilarious how Mr. Wine Cave Buttigieg is whining that he ONLY makes $221,400 a year.
The problem isn’t DC’s real estate market (which I’ve personally lived with and in for years)…it’s that Dems elites are incredibly fiscally irresponsible…even in their personal lives. https://t.co/okoo2pwlf9
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) July 26, 2021
Speaking of that – keep in mind, this is the guy that will be tasked with a nation-wide multiple-trillion-dollar infrastructure package.
Former Nevada GOP chairwoman Amy Tarkanian had perhaps the best comment found on social media about Pete and Chasten Buttigieg and their financial dilemma:
If you can’t afford an apartment in Washington DC while making over $220,000 a year (just from the Transportation Sec salary – who knows what other money he has), you shouldn’t be overseeing any federal agency. https://t.co/8rER0Latvv
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) July 26, 2021
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