“But it’s definitely work,” Buttigieg stated.
Though the administration didn’t announce that Buttigieg was taking paternity leave, POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook reported on Thursday that the secretary had been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time together with his husband, Chasten, and their twin infants, Penelope and Joseph.
“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went,” Carlson stated Thursday.
His comments drew rapid criticism on social media, with many accusing the Fox News host of homophobia. MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace pressed Buttigieg on Carlson’s comments on Friday, telling Buttigieg that the assault felt “misogynistic” and “homophobic.”
“Look, this attack is coming from a guy who has yet to explain his apparent approval for the assassination of Harvey Milk, so obviously we know that there’s some dark places where some of these attitudes come from,” he stated.
“But I also note that that doesn’t speak for the country. I don’t think that even speaks for most people on the other side of the aisle from the party that I belong to. This is largely a consensus issue, not just a support for families like mine to have a right to marry and right to be treated equally, but also that families in general, moms and dads, ought to be able to support their children, including with paid family leave.”
Buttigieg stated that in his time without work, he was accessible to deal with pressing issues. While on leave, he stated he continued to be concerned with work associated to the continued provide chain disaster.
Buttigieg, a Cabinet member who incessantly seems on TV to advertise the Biden administration’s agenda, appeared on Bret Baier’s present on Fox News after his MSNBC hit.
Carlson’s comments weren’t talked about within the later interview, although Baier congratulated the brand new father.