Colorado Republican House Rep. Lauren Boebert, has been lobbing homophobic comments at U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Butigieg at fundraisers, on television shows, and in a YouTube video of her own making that she calls “Bullet Points.”
Boebert berated Butigieg, the first openly gay person ever appointed to a cabinet-level position in the federal government, for taking parental leave to help care for his and his partners’ prematurely-born adopted twin babies.
Not long after the adoption, one of the babies was admitted to the hospital with a serious but unknown illness.
Butigieg’s partner, Chasten, posted on Twitter November 5, that their son was recovering after the extended illness, saying:
“After 3 weeks in and out of hospitals, 125 miles in an ambulance, and a terrifying week on a ventilator, Gus is home, smiling, and doing great!”
In a video she made of herself and posted on YouTube, Boebert said:
“While the country fell into one of the worst supply chain crises since 1979 … the guy in charge of it all, Mayor Pete, was on a two-month maternity… paternity … whatever the heck you want to call it… leave. The guy was gone. Okay, the guy’s not working because why? He was trying to figure out how to chest feed. Maybe someone should tell him, please, so he can get back to work. Listen, I’m a mother of four. I delivered one of my children in the front seat of my truck, because as a mom of four, we got things to do. Ain’t nobody got time for two, and a half months of maternity. Leave. We have a world to save here.”
Rep. Boebert’s comments parrot those made by the Fox Channel’s Tucker Carlson.
Rep. Boebert has so far not apologized to Secretary Butigieg for her bigoted remarks.