Earlier this week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson proved yet again what a willfully ignorant bigot he is, attacking Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for daring to have an opinion on the mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado.
According to Carlson, Buttigieg didn’t bother to come out of the closet until his thirties. Oh, and he also accused Buttigieg of lying about his sexual orientation to gain entrance into the U.S. military, where he served with honor and distinction.
Specifically, Carlson told his equally bigoted viewers:
“No, Pete Buttigieg wants to talk about identity. He always wants to talk about identity. And the funny, ironic thing is that until just a few years ago, Buttigieg wouldn’t even admit that he was gay. He hid that and then lied about it for reasons he has never been asked to explain. Why not?
“But whatever. Now he is happy to use his sexual orientation as a cudgel to bash you repeatedly in the face into submission. Quote, here’s his latest, ‘If you’re a politician or media figure who sets up the LGBTQ community to be hated and feared, not because any of us who ever harmed you, but because you find it useful that don’t you dare act surprised when this kind of violence follows.’”
That led Chasten Buttigieg, who is married to the transportation secretary, to tell CNN host Don Lemon:
“I would just love for him to follow Secretary Pete on Twitter. He can follow along all of the things that are happening at the Department.
“I just think these people, again, with the megaphones, they have a bit platform. And rather than focusing on real issues, people’s lives – making them better, they decided to focus on hate.”
Chasten also explained exactly why his husband hid his sexual orientation while he chose to serve his country:
But it was what Chasten Buttigieg said next that’s the perfect antidote to the narrowminded musings of Carlson and his ilk.
“Remember, this type of rhetoric is easy. It’s so easy to attack people and go on your talk show and fire people up about something that’s not actually happening.
“I love my husband deeply. I know that he’s a committed public servant and he has everyone’s best interest at heart.”