Recent rail issues and the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, have given some people a convenient stick to beat Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg. One of his leading critics is Marco Rubio. The Florida Senator has been slamming Buttigieg in interviews and on social media for several days. But now Buttigieg has found some “Dark Brandon” energy and he has hit back.

When Rubio mocked Buttigieg on Twitter calling him an incompetent person who fantasizes about his political future & needs to be fired, Buttigieg hit back saying, “The facts don’t lie. The 2021 letter you signed was obviously drafted by railroad industry lobbyists. It supports waivers that would reduce visual track inspections. Now: will you vote to help us toughen rail safety accountability and fines, or not?”

And let us tell you that Rubio was not the only Florida GOP figure to feel the sharp edge of Buttigieg’s tongue.