Late last week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson gave a 12-minute long rant against Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
“Tucker Carlson brutally mocked Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg as an unqualified ‘kid’ who ‘breastfeeds,' and has no business running the agency,” Mediaite reported.
Carlson spoke on his show about the status of the nation’s public infrastructure and said that President Joe Biden should have given the transportation job to someone “competent.”
“But that’s not with the Biden administration did. They had a more progressive idea. Joe Biden hired a kid, by contrast, who had never had a real job outside McKinsey and no grounding of any kind in physical reality,” Carlson told his viewers.
However, in addition to working for McKinsey, a consulting firm, Buttigieg served two terms as mayor of South Bend, Ind., and spent seven years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England.
The Fox host said that Buttigieg had a poor record on infrastructure even when he was the mayor of South Bend: “When Pete Buttigieg was mayor, the city had, and we’re quoting now, the worst pothole situation in the state according to the local paper. Huge potholes. So big that Mayor Pete — not a tall man — could’ve disappeared into one. You can picture his little legs up in the air. Eight years as mayor, and he was never able to fix it.”
Buttigieg's official biography on the Department of Transportation website, however, points out many advancements made during his time as mayor, such as improving street design and bringing in new businesses to create jobs in a city that had suffered from a decline in manufacturing.
Carlson added, laughing, “This guy, who literally couldn’t fix the potholes in South Bend, Indiana, is now the transportation secretary. But he breastfeeds, so it’s equity! It’s unbelievable!”
Carlson’s verbal attack on Buttigieg comes only months after he mocked the transportation secretary for taking time off for parental leave when he and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, adopted two children — again, also talking about breastfeeding.
“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child – paternity leave, they call it – trying to figure out how to breastfeed,” Carlson said at the time. “No word on how that went.”
In response to those comments in October, Buttigieg said, “Well, look, in his case, I guess he just doesn’t understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave.”
Buttigieg is the first out gay parent in the U.S. Cabinet. He became the first out gay person confirmed by the Senate for a position in the Cabinet last year.