The Biden administration appears to have deployed openly gay Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to throw shade on newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson.
Johnson is, according to various reports, a staunch Christian who opposes gay marriage and has over the years frequently criticized the LGBT lifestyle. This fact has upset both the administration and the media, the latter of whom have been running endless hit pieces about Johnson’s “strident LGBTQ views,” as The Hill put it.
Enter Buttigieg, who on Friday slammed Johnson during a CNN appearance, tearing into him for having once described homosexuality as a “lifestyle choice.”
“Look, I’ve often said, if being gay was a choice, that was a choice that was made way above my pay grade. But my lifestyle is that I’m a dad. I’m a married father of two — a beautiful boy and girl, twins, two years old. And our family deserves to be protected. It deserves to be supported, just like every American family,” he said.
“Most Americans get that. Most Americans believe that. I will admit it’s a little bit difficult driving the family minivan to drop our kids off at daycare, passing the dome of the Capitol knowing that the speaker of the House sitting under that dome doesn’t even think our family ought to exist,” he added.
Host John Berman then asked Buttigieg how it feels to know that “someone who’s second in line to the presidency” boasts such views about the LGBT community.
The transportation secretary replied by questioning Johnson’s pro-family beliefs and arguing that if he really cared about families, he’d push President Joe Biden’s agenda.
“I mean, it almost feels like time travel. You know, most Americans — by the way, most Republicans, as well as Democrats and Independents, respect things like marriage equality. And if you really are pro-family, if you care about families, if you want to support families, then you have to support things like the president’s push to have insulin be $35, which we were able to do for seniors and would do for everybody if House and Senate Republicans hadn’t blocked it,” he began.
“If he really cares about families, maybe take another look at the child tax credit, which cut child poverty in this country in half. And then when they let it expire, because people like Mike Johnson were against it, the child poverty rate doubled again. Let’s talk about what it really means to support families, whether it’s LGBTQ plus individuals or any other family in America trying to get through life,” he added.
Missing from his remarks was any recognition of the negative repercussions of the president’s proposed agenda. For example, instituting a price cap on insulin would increase government costs and thus Medicare and private insurance premiums as well, according to analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.
Buttigieg also came at Johnson during an appearance Thursday on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert after the host asked him “how do you work with a guy who argued that same-sex relations are ‘the dark harbinger of chaos and sexual anarchy that could doom even the strongest republic?'”
Listen to his response below:
After sighing, the transportation secretary replied, “Look, I’ll work with anybody who can help us get good transportation available to the American people.” He then suggested that he may invite Johnson to his home to witness an LGBT family firsthand.
“I don’t know, maybe we’ll just have him over,” he said.
“If he could see what it’s like when I come home from work, and Chas [his husband] is bringing the kids home from daycare or vice versa, and one of us is getting the mac and cheese ready and the other’s microwaving those freezer meatballs — which are a great cheat code if you’ve got a toddler and you need to feed them quickly — and one won’t take their shoes off and one needs a diaper change. Everything about that is chaos, but nothing about this is dark. The love of God is in that household,” he added.
Johnson’s supporters weren’t too happy with Buttigieg’s rhetoric. Indeed, they responded to it on social media by urging him to stop worrying about the speaker’s personal opinions and start doing his job.
This guy has a very hard time doing anything useful.
— jeff (@jeffrwarren3) November 3, 2023
Seriously? This guy really needs to do his job and ignore those who are doing their job
— Suzanne Arundale (@ArundaleSuzanne) November 3, 2023
How about keep the trains on the tracks and no more derailments. That would help.
— Terry Moore (@terrymoorecnc) November 4, 2023
This may be the funniest of all today.
He holds transportation secretary “in name” only.
Are we as a country depending on him for anything?
I hope not, he’s not meeting expectations for much of
anything, that I’ve heard of.
— Patti Petersen (@pattipetey22) November 3, 2023
Instead of making everything THE PETE BUTTIGIEG SHOW, why don’t you spend some time going over the changes to our roads, bridges, mass transit, airports, ticket prices, etc?
Why are you so worried about Mike Johnson?
It’s totally not your job.
— Henry Facey (@InfoUncensored) November 3, 2023
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