WH Rebukes Pence For Anti-Gay Jokes About Buttigieg

The Guardian reports:

The White House rebuked the Republican former vice-president Mike Pence on Monday, for making jokes about US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, maternity leave and postpartum depression that it said were homophobic and offensive to women.

“He should apologise to women and LGBTQ+ people,” said Joe Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre. Saying the secretary had taken “maternity leave” from his job, Pence added: “Pete is the only person in human history to have a child and everyone else gets postpartum depression.”

On Monday Jean-Pierre said: “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.”

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