Fox News’s Tucker Carlson was criticized Thursday for making a homophobic and misogynistic remark about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Buttigieg, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, took paid parental leave in mid-August to spend time with her husband, Chasten, and their newborn twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August.
“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 went, ”Carlson said in a rant about inflation and supply chain issues.
Fox News also offers paternity leave to its employees. “Fox & Friends First” co-host Todd Piro announced earlier this year that he would take six weeks of paternity leave to spend time with his daughter. In April, Fox News host Jesse Watters took a brief leave of absence after the birth of his third child.
“Now I’m pro-fatherhood. I used to laugh at people because they took fatherhood, I thought it was a big trick, but now you know I wish I could take six weeks, “Watters said on” The Five ”at the time.
Buttigieg has spent four weeks “mostly offline” from work with her husband and babies, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation told Politico. Although he always takes the time to provide for his family, Buttigieg has since started to “step up his activities” and made a list of appearances in media and at events this week.
Carlson has been accused of homophobia several times in the past. Earlier this year, an entry in her college directory went viral. In it, he wrote that he was part of the “Dan White Society”. Many have interpreted this as a reference to the man who in 1978 murdered San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected politician.
Carlson also affiliated with the Jesse Helms Foundation, which is named after North Carolina’s anti-gay and anti-civil rights senator.
Carlson’s latest comments were met with disgust by critics:
Fox News did not immediately return a request for comment.