On Thursday night, Fox News influencer and white supremacist promoter Tucker Carlson unleashed a not-so-vailed-a homophobic attack against U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave after adopting a child.
The attack was so broad and so ugly it extends to every man who takes paternity leave.
“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed – no word on how that went,” Carlson said, mocking new dads, fathers in general, men who take paternity leave, and gay fathers.
Recent studies have shown that men who take paternity leave are less likely to get divorced, among other long-term benefits. But Carlson appears to ignore these facts.
New dads in Japan can take 35 weeks off with full pay for paternity leave. Spain’s news dads? 12 weeks full pay. Sweden: 11 weeks. Iceland’s new fathers get 11 weeks of full paid time off. Canadian new dads get between five and eight weeks. In the U.S., no federal law requires paid paternity leave, although the Family and Medical Leave Act allows unpaid time off.
Unlike 86 percent of Americans who support paid paternity leave, Tucker Carlson opposes it, and made that crystal clear in his attack against Buttigieg:
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
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