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A video displaying Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg departing the White House on a motorbike was misrepresented by conservative commentators on-line, with some claiming he “staged” the trip. There’s no proof for that declare, and the Department of Transportation stated he traveled from the division to the White House — a three-mile journey — and again on bike.

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s official cupboard Twitter account not too long ago highlighted a video of him mounting a motorbike in a enterprise go well with. Retweeting the video posted by a NCS producer, Buttigieg wrote: “Great way to get around!”

But critics of Buttigieg are utilizing the identical footage to make false and deceptive claims, primarily suggesting that Buttigieg was truly dropped off by motorcar and was staging the bike trip.

On April 2, Dinesh D’Souza, a preferred conservative persona, tweeted a hyperlink to a duplicate of the video he uploaded to Rumble with the false headline: “Buttigieg CAUGHT Faking Green Lifestyle, Rides Bike to Work After Car Drops Him Off Near Destination.” A YouTube post of the video the identical day, considered greater than 420,000 instances, declared: “Pete Buttigieg fakes riding a bike to work.”

Other websites used comparable faulty takeaways. A story on the web site the Federalist, shared greater than 11,000 instances on Facebook, was headlined: “Clown Show: Pete Buttigieg ‘Bikes’ To Work After SUVs Drive Him Part Of The Way.”

And conservative persona Charlie Kirk posted the video on Rumble and YouTube, utilizing the false headline: “CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Buttigieg Stages Fake Bike Ride To Work.” Both hyperlinks have been every shared on Facebook greater than 5,000 instances.

All of these posts base the declare on the video taken by NCS producer DJ Judd — the identical one Buttigieg himself shared. But Judd didn’t recommend the video confirmed Buttigieg staging a motorbike trip, and there’s no proof that he did.

Judd tweeted the video on April 1, saying, “Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg biked to the White House for today’s Cabinet Meeting, it would appear.”

Asked in regards to the video, the Department of Transportation advised us in an e-mail assertion: “He rode his bike from DOT to the White House cabinet meeting and he rode his bike back to DOT after the meeting.”

A longer version of NCS’s video does present the bike was hooked up to the SUV earlier than Buttigieg started his trip; it was posted by WFMZ-TV 69 and headlined: “DC: BUTTIGIEG DEPARTS CABINET MTG ON A BIKE.” In different phrases, the video exhibits Buttigieg retrieving his bike from the SUV on the conclusion of the assembly. The SUV seems to be Buttigieg’s security element; as Buttigieg begins to trip on the finish of the video, the automotive could be seen following him.

Biden’s cupboard assembly began at 1:15 p.m. Judd’s video was tweeted at 4:07 p.m. The distance from the division’s headquarters in Southeast Washington to the White House within the Northwest is about 3 miles.

Katie Barlow, of the web site SCOTUS Blog, replied to Judd’s tweet with a brief clip of her personal displaying what she stated was Buttigieg exiting the White House grounds on his bike.

Buttigieg has been beforehand spotted using a motorbike in Washington, D.C.  He reportedly bought a used bike in early March.

Editor’s be aware: FactCheck.org is one in every of a number of organizations working with Facebook to debunk misinformation shared on social media. Our earlier tales could be discovered here.


Barlow, Katie (@KatieLeeBarlow). “And biked out of the complex.” Twitter. 1 Apr 2021.

Buttigieg, Pete (@SecretaryPete). “Great way to get around!” Twitter. 1 Apr 2021.

Buttigieg, Pete (@SecretaryPete). “Good bike! Took some explaining to the staff and detail why I needed to swing by a Pizza Hut parking lot in Petworth on the way home, but we got there.” Twitter. 11 Mar 2021.


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Judd, DJ (@DJJudd). “Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg biked to the White House for today’s Cabinet Meeting, it would appear.” Twitter. 1 Apr 2021.

Laris, Michael. “Buttigieg to quarantine for 14 days after security agent tests positive for coronavirus.” Washington Post. 8 Feb 2021.

Stratford, Michael (@mstratford). “Cabinet secretaries ⁦@bikeshare⁩ home from work, too. A person who appears to be ⁦@SecretaryPete⁩ rolling through Navy Yard just now.” Twitter. 25 Feb 2021.

Ulloah, Jazmine. “Our neighbor sells used bikes, and last week he met a customer at a Petworth Pizza Hut. He said he was waiting for the person when a couple of black government SUVs pulled up and then a couple more — and then, out pops Pete Buttigieg.” Twitter. 11 Mar 2021. 

U.S. Department of Transportation. Email assertion to FactCheck.org. 6 Apr 2021.



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