Fox Information’ Tucker Carlson took a fast jab at Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Thursday night time for taking paternity go away, incomes fast blowback.
“‘Paternity go away,’ they name it,” quipped the high-rated primetime host. “Making an attempt to determine easy methods to breastfeed. No phrase on how that went.”
Carlson’s one-liner drew instant ire and commentators swiftly defended Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, who adopted twins late this summer time.
“Did @TuckerCarlson mock his personal @FoxNews colleagues in the identical trend?” requested MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, linking to an article from April. The piece particulars how Fox Information host Jesse Watters turned pro-paternity go away after the beginning of his third baby. “Fox & Mates First” host Todd Piro additionally took six weeks of paternity go away earlier this 12 months, which is the quantity of paid time Fox Information Media gives all mother and father.
Others criticized Carlson for emasculating a veteran, posting photographs of Buttigieg in his army uniform. VoteVets, a company that works to get former servicemembers elected, tweeted, “Tucker belittles a Navy vet for being a superb dad, throwing not-so-thinly veiled homophobic jabs, and mendacity via his tooth about present affairs.”
The account added that Carlson is “pathetic.”
Actor George Takei puzzled if Carlson “was deserted as an toddler and stayed that method.”
And CNN’s S.E. Cupp discovered a approach to hit Carlson for his feedback whereas additionally criticizing the GOP at massive for its continued reliance on and deference to former president Donald Trump: “Very bizarre to mock paternity go away — which is so worthwhile — as merely ‘breastfeeding,’ when these guys can’t cease sucking on the Trump teat.”
Buttigieg is the nation’s first overtly homosexual particular person to carry a Senate-confirmed place within the Cupboard. After his unsuccessful bid for president in 2020, he was sworn in because the secretary of transportation in February.
The Democrat introduced the beginning of the couple’s new child twins on his social media platforms in September, writing, “Chasten and I are past grateful for all the type needs since first sharing the information that we’re changing into mother and father. We’re delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our household.”
He additionally shared a black and white photograph of himself and Chasten beaming whereas holding Penelope and Joseph of their arms in a hospital mattress.