Pete Buttigieg may not be back at work yet after taking over two months of paternity leave in the middle of a supply chain crisis, but he’s already decided on his next move.
Per The Hill, the derelict Secretary of Transportation wants to further deflect from his absence by making Tucker Carlson’s past criticisms an issue. Today, Buttigieg appeared on multiple Sunday shows — not to answer for his failures, but to promote paternity leave for men. I mean, it’s not like the guy has an actual job to do, right?
Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave https://t.co/AqS6W4dsxF pic.twitter.com/v5775WIEoa
— The Hill (@thehill) October 24, 2021
Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg is aiming to use the fierce criticism he faced from conservatives over taking paternity leave as a way to have a conversation about the issue, amid efforts from the White House to get paid family leave into a social spending bill pending in Congress…
…Carlson’s high-profile criticism drew attention to Buttigeig and the larger issue of paternity leave, something the Transportation secretary went on to discuss during a series of appearances.
During an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Buttigeig said that “paid family leave is important” and noted that “it’s not a vacation.” Separately, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he said it’s work that “every American ought to be able to do” when they have a new child.
Buttigieg’s job, which is supposed to solve the problem, has been making the rounds in the media to discuss how incredible it is that the former president disappeared for months. It is a shocking sight that these poor government officials can be expected to do so little. Because he had the correct identity checks, Buttigieg was a poor mayor in a small city. We are now seeing the extent of his incompetence.
Frankly, I just don’t buy what Buttigieg is saying either. I’m not against all paid family leave. A couple of weeks, especially if there’s a physically recovering mother at home to take care of, is a good thing. Two months is a long time for a cabinet secretary to oversee a crisis. It’s an abuse of his office and is taking advantage of taxpayers. That he’s so arrogant in defending his actions only makes it worse.
Buttigieg does not serve as the Secretary for Labor. He is not responsible for lobbying federal officials to approve paid family leave. It is his job to help get the country’s supply chain moving again. Instead of going to war with Tucker Carlson on the Sunday shows, he should be in his office doing some actual work, and if he can’t fulfill the duties of his role, he should resign. This is not complicated. Cabinet secretaries do not have the luxury of just not working for months, or at least they shouldn’t.