Buttigieg brushes back Carlson comments on paternity leave


Pete Buttigieg on Friday brushed off Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s comments mocking the transportation secretary for taking paternity leave to care for his twin newborns.

“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 strange is that, you know, this is from a side of the aisle that used to claim the mantle of being pro-family,” Buttigieg said on MSNBC.

He added that caring for young children is “joyful” and “wonderful work.”

“But it’s definitely work,” Buttigieg said.

Though the administration didn’t announce that Buttigieg was taking paternity leave, POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook reported on Thursday that the secretary had been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their twin babies, Penelope and Joseph.

“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job

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