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WATCH: Chasten Buttigieg calls Mike Pence's family values into question after joke

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3/16/2023 Julia Johnson
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Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, addressed a recent joke made by former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday's episode of The View.

Buttigieg told the hosts, "The thing about what he said is it flies in the face of what he says he is. He says he’s a family values Republican."


Last week, Pence made a joke at the annual Gridiron dinner about Pete taking "maternity leave" following the birth of his children.

“When Pete’s two children were born, he took two months’ maternity leave whereupon thousands of travelers were stranded in airports, the air traffic system shut down, and airplanes nearly collided on our runways,” Pence said.

“Pete is the only person in human history to have a child and everyone else gets postpartum depression,” he added.

The View hosts slammed the former vice president's remarks in Tuesday's episode, following the White House's lead.

"I don't think he's practicing what he preaches here," Buttigieg explained. "But It’s part of a much bigger trend, I think, attacking families."

According to him, it was much more than just an attack on the LGBT community. In fact, he said, Pence was "taking a swipe at all women and all families."

"Expecting that women would stay home and raise children, I think, is a pretty misogynistic view, especially from a man who just last year said we should be supporting more people that adopt," he claimed.

"It’s not woke, you know, to say that something is homophobic or misogynistic. It doesn’t make it woke, you know, it doesn't make you a snowflake to tell someone that they've made a mistake," Buttigieg told the hosts.

He further claimed that "it's an extremely dangerous time," claiming that states are targeting "trans kids."

"What they’ve really done is — and they've done quite a good job — it's been a very well-coordinated and well-funded effort to attack the LGBT community, specifically with the book bans," he explained.

Buttigieg then accused states and politicians of going "after extremely vulnerable kids, especially trans kids."


"It’s hard enough being in school as it is. But to be a transgender kid in school and you have this coordinated effort by people who are going after them because they don’t know what else to talk about. They need an enemy. And right now, they’ve decided to make children their enemy," he said.

Buttigieg joined the show to discuss his memoir, I Have Something to Tell You — For Young Adults, which comes out on May 16.


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