“But it’s definitely work,” Buttigieg said.
Although the administration has not announced that Buttigieg is taking paternity leave, POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook reported on Thursday that the secretary has been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with her husband, Chasten, and their twins, Penelope and Joseph. .
“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how it turned out, ”Carlson said Thursday.
His comments drew immediate criticism on social media, with many accusing the Fox News host of homophobia. MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace pressed Buttigieg of Carlson’s comments on Friday, telling Buttigieg the attack was “misogynistic” and “homophobic.”
“Look, this attack is from a guy who hasn’t yet explained his apparent approval for Harvey Milk’s assassination, so obviously we know there are dark places where some of these attitudes are coming from,” did he declare.
“But I also note that this does not speak for the country. I don’t think that even speaks to most of the people across the aisle from the party I belong to. Much of it is a matter of consensus, not only supporting families like mine to have the right to marry and the right to be treated equally, but also that families in general, mothers and fathers should be able to provide for the needs of their children, including with a family leave salary. “
Buttigieg said that in his spare time he was available to deal with urgent matters. While on leave, he said he continues to be involved in work related to the current supply chain crisis.
Buttigieg, a cabinet member who appears on television frequently to promote the administration’s Biden agenda, appeared on Bret Baier’s Fox News show following its hit on MSNBC.
Carlson’s comments were not mentioned in the subsequent interview, although Baier congratulated the new father.