US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has been on paternity leave since mid-August with newborn twins, called the right-wing attacks on his paternity leave “strange” and “one side of the story”. ‘alley that claimed the mantle of being pro-family ”.
Buttigieg – who is gay – was criticized by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday, who downplayed the secretary’s paternity leave while making homophobic comments and criticizing the administration for the issues of the supply chain.
“In his case, I guess he just doesn’t understand the concept of bottle feeding let alone the concept of paternity lava,” Buttigieg said of Carlson on MSNBC. “What we have right now is an administration that is actually pro-family,” said Buttigieg, who adopted newborn twins with her husband Chasten.
“I am lucky to experience this as an employee, to be able to have the flexibility to take care of our newborns, which is work by the way, it is joyful work, it is wonderful work, but it is definitely work, ”added Buttigieg. .
The comments came after an attack by Carlson on his show. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from work since August after adopting a child,” Tucker Carlson told his Fox News audience on Thursday. “Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed – no word on how it turned out. “
In fact, Fox News offers paternity leave, and colleagues at Carlson have already praised the company’s six weeks of paid time off on the air.
“They give us six weeks as fathers for fatherhood and I’m taking those six weeks,” Fox & Friends co-host Todd Piro told viewers in March, according to left-wing research center Media Matters. for America. “I can’t wait to bond with my little one. “
Likewise, Fox host Jesse Watters said he was “pro-fatherhood” after taking six weeks after the birth of his third child.
A transport spokesperson said Buttigieg had “stepped up his activities” and should “continue to take time over the next few weeks to support her husband and look after her new children,” according to Politico.
Carlson is one of the most controversial figures in American media with a history of extremist and racist statements that have often angered advertisers, but have earned him a die-hard fan base that makes his show one of the most popular. on the cable.