White House correspondent April Ryan was ridiculed on Monday after asking Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the racism “built into the roadways.”
During the White House press briefing, Buttigieg was taking questions about the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed through Congress last week. Ryan took the opportunity to ask Buttigieg about the Biden administration’s plans to “deconstruct the racism” that’s built into America’s infrastructure.
“Also can you give us the construct of how you will deconstruct the racism that was built into roadways?” Ryan asked.
Ryan then referenced an earlier interview Buttigieg gave The Grio 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 “I don’t think we have anything to lose by confronting that simple reality, and I think 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.”
Republicans and critics piled on Ryan’s question for insinuating that roads are “racist.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted, “The roads are racist. We must get rid of roads.”
Republican Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance also weighed in.
“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?” he commented.
“’Please make our roads thinner and less racist’ This is where our media is today,” The Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller wrote.
Ryan has been criticized for her liberal bias and for openly cheering on Democrat officials. In December, the CNN political analyst praised former President Obama in light of his new memoir.
“You cannot work in that special, unique place and not have memories, and you are one of my fondest memories, and I thank you,” she wrote on Instagram.
Fox News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.