Secretary of Transport Pete Buttigieg and his husband, author Chasten Buttigieg, were married in 2018 and have been wanting to become parents for some time. The excitement and joy they felt as they expected to become parents were similar to those experienced by other childless couples as they awaited the birth of their baby or the completion of adoption procedures.
In an CNN update released on August 17, Buttigieg said: “For some time now, Chasten and I have wanted to increase our family. We are overjoyed to be able to say that we have become parents! Soon after realizing that his staff could handle transportation issues in his absence – backed by their access by text, phone, fax and mail – Buttigieg began paternity leave to help Chasten with their twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August.
Some have criticized Politic’s original characterization in Thursday’s bulletin that Buttigieg was the “MUP” – or that he disappeared in the act – from his job. As White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield responded: “Calling parenting your newborn‘ MIA ’means making every working parent in this country invisible. Outdated, shameful and unacceptable. ”
U.S. Department of Transportation told Politika that Buttigieg returned to work after four weeks of his father’s absence mostly offline and that he was constantly increasing his work activities.
But that hasn’t stopped Rush Limbaugh’s alleged “successor” hate dispatcher, Tucker Carlson, from inciting anger at Buttigieg through hints, sarcasm and intolerance in his Fox News broadcast on Oct. 14. Tucker Carlson Tonight. He said: “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave since August after adopting a child. They call it fatherhood. Trying to figure out how to breastfeed, there is no word on how it went. ”
“Father’s leave, they call it. Trying to figure out how to breastfeed, there is no word on how it went. ”
Asked the next day, on MSNBC, about Carlson’s attack, Secretary Buttigieg replied: “Look, this attack comes from a guy who has yet to explain his apparent approval for the assassination of Harvey Milk, so we obviously know there are some dark places they come from. some of these attitudes. But I also note that this does not speak for the state. I don’t think that even speaks to most people on the other side of the aisle from the party I belong to. This is largely a matter of consensus, not only supporting families like mine to have the right to marriage and the right to equal treatment, but also that families, moms and dads in general, should be able to support their children, including paid family leave. “
Pushed by Nicolle Wallace of MSNBC, characterizing the attack as “misogynistic” and “homophobic,” Buttigieg highlighted this — but still pointed out a significant point — saying, “Look, in his case, I guess he just doesn’t understand the concept of bottle-feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave. But what’s really weird is that, you know, this is on the side of the aisle that once claimed the right to family commitment. ”
Carlson’s unscrupulous attack and Buttigie’s principled defense are indicative of the people themselves.
Tucker Carlson was a rising media star who started with CNN and then MSNBC, but in 2009 turned to Fox News. A strong proponent of President Trump and “Trumpism,” Carlson’s “remarks on race, immigration, and women — including the slanders he referred to” the air between 2006 and 2011 — were sometimes described as racist and sexist and provoked an advertiser boycott. Tucker Carlson Tonight. ”
“Carlson’s unscrupulous attack and Buttigie’s principled defense are indicative of the people themselves.”
He is anti-progressive and promoted conspiracy theories about immigration, COVID-19, and the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol riots. According to Politic, “Republican strategists, conservative commentators, and former Trump campaign and administration officials are buzzing about Carlson as the leader of Donald Trump’s next-generation movement — many believe he would be a direct leader in the Republican election.” He is known for his often unheard of comments and responses to the news.
Buttigieg was a rising political political star and serves as the youngest cabinet member in the Biden administration and the youngest transport secretary. After attending Harvard and Oxford University, which he attended as a scholarship to Rhodes, he was a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve intelligence department and was deployed to the war in Afghanistan in 2014. He was the first openly gay presidential candidate to win a major primary councilor or MP. club and the first openly homosexual member of the U.S. government. He is known for thoughtful and informed comments and answers to journalistic questions.
Carlson’s remarks about Buttigieg are erroneous and frivolous in several ways.
First, he acts like he doesn’t know all about fathers being granted leave after the birth or adoption of a baby. Buttigieg took four weeks of approved leave after adopting the twins. While the transport secretary says that parenting is a “joyful” and wonderful job, “it is definitely a job after all.” Saying of this absence, “Father’s absence, they call it,” Schlock’s popular supplier pretends to be unaware of the growing national recognition of the importance for fathers to participate in the first weeks of a newborn’s life. But he’s more pronouncedly liar, as his employer, Fox News, grants six weeks of paternity leave to his employed men — which some of Carlson’s colleagues have gratefully taken.
“His own employer, Fox News, grants six weeks of paternity leave to his working men — which some of Carlson’s colleagues have gratefully taken advantage of.”
Then, with an additional comment that provoked such a reaction and accusations of homophobia – “Trying to figure out how to breastfeed, without a word about how it went” – Carlson mimicked high school humor, perhaps hoping it would appeal to much of his listeners . Will his next regression be when he starts inserting meaningless words into his television conversations in the bathroom, as preschool and elementary school boys often do?
Of course, this attack on Buttigiega was a not-so-covert homophobic comment, but it was also an insult to many new mothers who have difficulty breastfeeding successfully.
And it really was a slap millions of new parents who can’t afford nannies or professional breastfeeding classes or other expensive parenting options, though that’s not a problem for Carlson and his wife, with his annual salary of $ 6 million and $ 30 million net worth.
On the ABC program View, in the introductory segment entitled “Hot Topics”, Carlson’s offensive was discussed. No female commentator defended his words. Attorney Sunny Hostin nicely summed up the attitude of his comments: “He’s a fan of equal opportunities.”
I suppose Secretary Buttigieg will quickly perceive this insult with both the enthusiasm and characteristic intelligence for which he became known to return to his important work. I also doubt that Carlson will eagerly accept the reaction of the critics, because he has become very comfortable wearing the cloak of the host of the most watched news program about cable television.
I am amazed by this recent example political theater speaks of a huge segment of American viewers who support a person who mocks his political and personal enemies on national television and who slanders the truth and obscures his reporting with insinuations, lies and strengths.
But I also have an idea why Carlson enjoys his reputation as a television evil boy. He may hope that if he fails to get a Republican nomination, but Donald Trump is re-elected in 2024, then he too will get the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as Rush Limbaugh 2020 did.
Rob Sellers is Professor of Theology and Mission Emeritus at Hardin-Simmons University at Logsdon Seminary in Abilene, Texas. He is a former chairman of the committee of the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago. He and his wife Janie served a quarter of a century as missionary teachers in Indonesia. They have two children and five grandchildren and now live in Waco, Texas.
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