On Wednesday, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson lashed out at Pete Buttgieg, saying the Transportation Secretary “wouldn’t even admit he was gay” years ago and “lied about it for reasons that ‘he was never asked to explain’.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, explained. He explained in the 2015 article that he wrote in the South Bend Tribune when he went out in public. And he explained again on several other occasions, revealing, among other reasons, his fear that recognizing who he was “was going to be the ultimate professional setback, ending his career”. Buttigieg joined the military in 2009, when the discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on openly gay and lesbian service members was still in effect.
Carlson brought up Buttigieg while discussing the response to the mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday night that left five people dead and at least 18 others injured.
“Pete Buttigieg, of course, couldn’t let a moment like this pass,” Carlson said. It’s not like Pete Buttigieg wants to talk about how things are going at the Department of Transportation, which he’s supposed to head.
“No, Pete Buttigieg wants to talk about identity,” Carlson added. “He always wants to talk about identity. And what’s funny and ironic is that just a few years ago Buttigieg wouldn’t even admit he was gay. He hid this and then lied about it for reasons he was never asked to explain. Why not?”
Speaking about the shooting this week, Buttigieg denounced the anti-LGBTQ political attacks and the rhetoric leading to the physical attack on a gay nightclub. “It was a place of belonging, it was a place of community. And he was attacked – at a time when the whole LGBTQ community is under attack,” he said.
Carlson has a history of homophobia. He often lashes out at Buttigieg and embraces damaging tropes about trans people, drag queens, and the LGBTQ community as a whole.
Last year, Carlson mocked Buttgieg for taking paternity leave after the transportation secretary and her husband, Chasten Buttigieg, whom he married in 2018, welcomed twins. Carlson said he was “trying to figure out how to breastfeed.”
Media Matters researcher Kat Abu, who shared the clip of Carlson’s tirade on Wednesday, tweeted“Wow, why wouldn’t a gay man in the military and in public office disclose that he is gay to the general public?” Can anyone think of a reason???
Chasten Buttigieg chimed in:
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