BidVertiser ClickADu HilltopAds

“Where would you be? That’s the question Chasten Buttigieg had for Mike Pence after he made a “homophobic” paternity joke towards his husband Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. 

Pence, the former Vice President, made note of the widespread flight disruptions and other travel issues in recent months, joking that Pete “is the only person in human history to have a child and everyone else gets postpartum depression.”

Chasten pushed back against Pence on Monday on Instagram, captioning a photo of Pete in the hospital.

“An honest question for you,@mikepence, after your attempted joke this weekend. If your grandchild was born prematurely and placed on a ventilator at two months old – their tiny fingers wrapped around yours as the monitors beep in the background – where would you be?”

Pence made the joke at the annual Gridiron dinner for journalists on Saturday in Washington.

In 2021, Pete and his husband welcomed twins into their family. Soon thereafter the twins were hospitalized with a respiratory virus infection.

In a Medium post last August Pete reflected on his one year of parenthood.

“We started hearing words like ‘serious’ and then ‘critical,’ and soon the doctor was recommending we immediately transfer Gus to a full-scale children’s hospital in Grand Rapids, about a hundred miles away, and place him on a ventilator. Next thing we knew, the doctor had determined that the ventilator couldn’t wait — Gus would need to be intubated now and then transferred. To spare our emotions, he encouraged us to step outside the room while they did the procedure, saying ‘it’s not a pleasant thing.’ We clutched each other in a long hug in the hallway standing just outside the door, trying through tears to reassure each other over the sounds coming from inside his hospital room.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre slammed Pence on Monday and called for him to apologize. She called jokes “homophobic” and “inappropriate.”

“The former vice president’s homophobic joke about Secretary Buttigieg was offensive and inappropriate, all the more so because he treated women suffering from postpartum depression as a punchline,” she said. “He should apologize to women and LGBTQ people, who are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Marc Short, Pence’s former chief of staff, called Jean-Pierre’s remarks “faux outrage.”

“The White House would be wise to focus less on placating the woke police and focus more on bank failures, planes nearly colliding in mid-air, train derailments, and the continued supply chain crisis,” Short tweeted.

Pete was the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana while Pence was governor of the state.

Pete continued in the Medium post.

“Parenting is lots of things, and one of those things is terror. You watch your infant, sedated and surrounded by wires and tubes and monitors and medical personnel coming and going constantly, and wonder how we could live in a universe where a few weeks could be all that a child gets on this earth. Sometimes it felt like the whole world had become the four walls of this hospital room. But the rest of the world, and its needs, hadn’t stopped, starting with our daughter. We alternated taking time at the hotel to take care of Penelope.”