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Tucker Carlson Mocks Buttigieg for Taking Paternity Leave and ‘Breastfeeding’

As everyone knows, the pro-life party is pro-life right up and until the moment the baby is outside the mother’s uterus. At that point, the GOP expects the baby to pull itself up by its bootstraps, watch itself, and for mom to be at work the next day.

Oh, sure, the United States generously offers the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires companies with 50 or more employees to offer six full weeks of unpaid medical leave.

So that’s great, so long as mom has three to four months’ rent and bills in the bank, it’s wonderful. Except most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and mom will be lucky if she can take one week off, lest she not miss rent for the new little runt that was so important in her womb, but might be homeless if mom isn’t at work in a bit.

It is against this backdrop that Tucker Carlson, quickly climbing the ladder to the world’s “Worst Human Being” title, decided he would mock the fact that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband availed themselves of the federal government’s paternity leave provisions for the twins that the couple adopted.

But Tucker didn’t just mock Buttigieg for taking a nominal amount of time (compared to the rest of the world) of a couple of months – surely also working from home. No, it was not enough to mock Buttigieg for taking that time. Tucker had to mock whether or not Secretary Pete was doing well with “breastfeeding” his two newborns.

We mentioned the world’s worst human being, yes?

And you know exactly what the internet thought of that comment:

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Keep climbing that ladder, Tuck, keep climbing.
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Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic that cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also likes studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.

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