Tucker Carlson Receives Criticism for Mocking Pete Buttigieg's Paternity Leave


Fox News host Tucker Carlson is receiving backlash after mocking U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s paternity leave.

Buttigieg shared in September he and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, adopted two children.

“Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents. We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family,” Buttigieg tweeted.

Criticizing Buttigieg for taking paternity leave, Carlson said, “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.”

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Several Twitter users took to the platform to fire back at Carlson.

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Co-hosts of “The View” also took shots at Carlson during the show on Friday.

“Maybe he doesn’t know about breast-feeding because he came out of a robot,” Ana Navarro said. “That could explain his lack of heart.”

Behar added, “Regarding the mocking of the manliness of Pete Buttigieg, I’d like to just say that Pete Buttigieg served six years in the Navy Reserve and deployed — and was deployed in Afghanistan. Tucker Carlson was booted off Dancing with the Stars after he couldn’t even do the Cha Cha.”

Guest host Sherri Shepherd pointed out Carlson’s colleague, Jesse Watters, took paternity leave.

“He’s not mocking anybody on his network,” she said.

Watters said on Fox News in April he is now “pro-paternity,” adding, “I used to mock people for taking paternity, I used to think it was a big ruse, but now, ya know, I wish I could take six weeks.”

As The Hill noted, Watters took some time away from his job following the birth of his third child, born in early April.

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