Chasten Buttigieg tears up Fox News over interest in partner’s paternity leave: ‘Go scream at M&M’s’

Chasten Buttigieg tears up Fox News over interest in partner’s paternity leave: ‘Go scream at M&M’s’

Chasten Buttigieg tears up Fox News over interest in partner’s paternity leave: ‘Go scream at M&M’s’

Activist and writer Chasten Buttigieg heavily criticized Fox News for its interest in his partner’s paternity leave, saying that “it’s been 17 months” and they should look for “new material”.

Fox News recently published an article suggesting that Mr. Buttigieg’s husband, Pete Buttigieg, has cut back on his work while on paternity leave in 2021.

Chasten Buttigieg added, “Go shout at M&M,” referring to the right-wing outcry this week over M&M’s ad campaign centered on women.

The Fox News the article criticized transport secretary Pete Buttigieg and said he had dodged some phone calls and public speaking requests while he was on paternity leave in 2021.

Citing internal documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, fox reported that Mr. Buttigieg declined a request to speak to Senator Chuck Grassley [R-Iowa]in September 2021 to discuss a request for funds to build a bridge in his state.

“Unfortunately, the secretary is currently on leave due to the birth of twins, which may lead to a delay in any future planning,” an employee emailed Mr Grassley’s office, according to the records.

The article also mentioned that the Secretary of Transportation did not attend the “hour-long Zoom call to meet the Indiana Chamber of Commerce” while he was on paternity leave following the birth of the twins.

Chasten Buttigieg tweeted: “This morning the twins helped pick out their sweaters, ran down the stairs, ran to their chairs and sat at the table eating scrambled eggs with a fork. On the way they said “bye bye daddy”. 17 months have passed. You need new material. Go shout at M&M.

The transport secretary’s paternity leave has drawn criticism from conservatives. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave since August due to adopting a baby. They call it paternity leave as they try to figure out how to breastfeed. There’s no telling how it went,” said Fox News host Tucker Carlson in October 2021.

“The guy wasn’t working! Because Why? He was trying to figure out how to breastfeed,” Lauren Boebert said in November 2021. “Maybe someone should tell him, please, so he can get back to work.”

In the meantime, Mr. Buttigieg received several messages of support on Twitter. One user wrote: “Hey just letting you know you and your hubby are lovely and your kids are adorable.”

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