In the aftermath of the Colorado Springs shooting, Fox News host Tucker Carlson took aim at Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
“He always wants to talk about identity,” Carlson said, adding, “and the funny, ironic thing is 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?”
Buttigieg served in the military during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which prohibited gay, lesbian and bisexual service members from publicly disclosing their sexual orientation. Chasten Buttigieg went on CNN to defend his husband, sharing a photo of Pete in combat fatigues from his time as a naval reservist.
Buttigieg served overseas in Afghanistan and in his book, “Shortest Way Home,” described how that experience allowed him to reconcile the fact he is gay.
“If not for the deployment, I might have never found my way to Chasten,” Pete wrote.
The personal attack, Chasten said, is on-brand for Carlson.
“They have a big platform and rather than focusing on real issues, people’s lives, making them better, they’ve decided to focus on hate,” Chasten told CNN host Don Lemon.
Carlson targeted Buttigieg after the DOT Secretary said tactics used by social conservatives produced the Club Q shooting.
“If you’re a politician or media figure who sets up the LGBTQ community to be hated and feared – not because any of us ever harmed you but because you find it useful – then don’t you dare act surprised when this kind of violence follows. Don’t you dare act surprised,” Pete Buttigieg tweeted.