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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) drew a stark contrast between herself, a mother of four, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who effectively disappeared for nearly two months of paternity leave amid an ongoing supply chain crisis that has yet to show any marked signs of improvement.
Buttigieg and his husband adopted newborn twins – a boy and a girl – in August, and after a photo-op of the family, the secretary promptly vanished for an arguably inordinate amount of time for someone with such responsibilities.
Boebert, on the other hand, gave birth to one of her children in the front seat of her truck and ridiculed Buttigieg for taking so much paternity leave in a new “Bullet Points with Lauren Boebert” video posted to her YouTube channel.
“Listen, I’m a mother of four,” she said. “I delivered one of my children in the front seat of my truck. Because as a mom of four, we got things to do. Ain’t nobody got time for two and a half months of maternity leave. We have a world to save here.”
(Video: Rep. Lauren Boebert/YouTube)
In terms of the concurrent supply chain crisis, Boebert said “the guy in charge of it all, Mayor Pete, was on a two-month — maternity, paternity, whatever the heck you want to call it — leave. Okay, the guy was gone. The guy was not working.”
The congresswoman then pointed to what apparently has been another task keeping the secretary from his responsibilities to the country.
“Mayor Pete may not have time to do his job, but at least he made time to produce an R-rated movie with Jeff Bezos Studios,” she said.
She then showed clips of the self-congratulatory film of then-presidential candidate Buttigieg on the campaign trail.
The former South Bend, Indiana mayor has been roundly mocked for being out of his element when it comes to his cabinet position.
In December of 2020, conservative author and commentator Ben Shapiro hilariously noted that “Mayor Pete’s” qualifications for the job of transportation secretary seem to be limited to his romantic notions of travel.
NPR: So, why should you be Secretary of Transportation?
Buttigieg: I love choo-choos and planes that fly!
NPR: Good enough for us! https://t.co/VrnJXCaS7L
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 17, 2020
And from Matt Walsh:
Interviewer: “Mr. Walsh, you’re applying to be a chef at this four star restaurant. What are your qualifications?”
Me: “Well I have, on several occasions in my life, eaten food. Also I went to Applebee’s last Tuesday.” https://t.co/8dBKT4gM57
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) December 17, 2020
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had some choice words for the secretary as well, saying in October, “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. No word on how that went. But now he’s back in office as the transportation secretary, and he’s deeply amused, he says, to see that dozens of container ships can’t get into this country.”
In response, Buttigieg said he would not apologize to Carlson for raising his newborns, though it doesn’t appear that Carlson ever demanded an apology.
“As you might imagine, we’re bottle-feeding and doing it at all hours of the day and night,” he said after being asked to respond to Carlson’s remarks on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“And I’m not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn, infant twins,” Buttigieg told Jake Tapper.
Tapper, to his credit, had to be honest with himself and the public for once, asking of Buttigieg upon his return, “Why didn’t you or the Department of Transportation make an official announcement when you went on parental leave? Why did you not appoint an acting secretary while you were away?”
He defended his position, arguing that “even though I’m on paternity leave, given the nature of my job, when you take a job like mine, you understand and accept that you will have to be available 24/7 depending on what’s going on. You will have to engage. I did, even if that meant taking a phone call or making a decision from a hospital room.”
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