The Biden three-ring circus had another strong week, America, with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as the star attraction for most of the week. Buttigieg, the first openly gay cabinet secretary, had been on paid paternity leave — along with husband Chasten Buttigieg after the couple adopted two infant twins.
Among GOP lawmakers, political pundits, the public, and organizations condemning Buttigieg for being “MIA” during the ever-worsening Biden Supply Chain Crisis™, the Log Cabin Republicans — America’s largest, conservative LGBTQ group — blasted Buttigieg’s prolonged absence in a Friday statement:
Buttigieg is the second openly-gay cabinet secretary, but he is the first to fail at his job. Amid an unprecedented supply-chain crisis that is ripping apart America’s economy, Buttigieg went MIA from the Department of Transportation for nearly two months.
(Buttigieg is the first official openly gay cabinet secretary. The group apparently referenced Ric Grenell, Donald Trump’s acting director of national intelligence.) The Log Cabin Republicans statement continued:
It’s clear he doesn’t respect the gravity of his job, but even if he had showed up for work, it wouldn’t have made a difference —Pete Buttigieg was and remains completely unqualified to lead the Department of Transportation and was clearly hired by Joe Biden because he was gay and the Left prioritizes identity politics and wokeism.
If the DC media wasn’t so in the tank for Joe Biden and the Left, this story would have been reported weeks ago. Instead, it’s alarming that a cabinet secretary in Joe Biden’s Washington can leave work for weeks, and no one in the Washington press corps notices.
Ouch. And 100 percent correct.
Buttigieg had been absent during a months-long cargo ship/trucking crisis, which has led to empty store shelves, prompting “Empty Shelves Biden” to go viral. As reported by Breitbart, the cost of goods around the country has soared recently, adding to inflation and setting consumer prices skyrocketing, according to data from the Labor Department. But, hey — what’s one more Biden crisis?
So, why the controversy, beyond the obvious MIA of “Mayor Pete”?
“They didn’t previously announce it,” Buttigieg’s office told Politico’s West Wing Playbook. “The secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies,”
desperately trying to cover Buttigieg’s ass adding:
“For the first four weeks, he was mostly offline except for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated. He has been ramping up activities since then.” As he does that, Buttigieg will “continue to take some time over the coming weeks to support his husband and take care of his new children.”
On cue, and correctly so, Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted Buttigieg’s absence, mocking the AWOL cabinet secretary:
“Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed, no word on how that went.”
Yeah, let’s not go there.
Tucker Carlson mocks Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave: “Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed, no word on how that went.” pic.twitter.com/zFnp6uSser
— nikki mccann screamírez 👻 (@NikkiMcR) October 15, 2021
So Buttigieg dutifully showed up on
PMSNBC MSNBC to defend himself during an appearance with the ever-silly host, Nicolle Wallace — and Wallace’s predictable Slobberpalooza was on.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 15, 2021
Finally, what did Ric Grenell have to say on Twitter about the self-created, Buttigieg mess?
It’s clear Pete Buttigieg was hired because he’s gay. After 6 months on the job he takes 2 months off?! This is what we get when Cabinet hires are made according to the woke rules of identity politics.
It’s clear @PeteButtigieg was hired because he’s gay.
After 6 months on the job he takes 2 months off?!
This is what we get when Cabinet hires are made according to the woke rules of identity politics.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 15, 2021
Incidentally, Biden’s “twofer” — black and female — vice president was unavailable for comment, no doubt off somewhere making fake, cringeworthy videos or sampling more tasty treats.
Meanwhile, no word if Pete and Chasten are planning to add to their family in the future.