The Washington Post published a story on Wednesday that carried the headline “Republicans seize on train derailment to go after Buttigieg” and then stated that some conservatives and Republicans had used the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment as an “opportunity to wrap Buttigieg’s sexual orientation into their criticism, leading to allegations that the post-derailment criticism stems in part from homophobia.”
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “homophobia” as “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or gay people.”
“Republicans are seizing on the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, to ramp up their attacks against Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, saying he is promoting his own agenda at the expense of families who are grappling with a toxic chemical accident in their backyard,” the Post said in the first paragraph of its story.
“The result is an unusually personal and, on occasion, vitriolic back-and-forth involving a transportation secretary who is also a rising star in his party, potential candidate for higher office and prominent gay official,” said the Post.
“Some critics suggest Buttigieg should have been on the scene earlier—he visited East Palestine on Feb. 23, almost three weeks after the accident—but many of the accusations lack specificity, instead taking the secretary to task largely for his broader positions on issues such as the climate,” the Post said.
The Post article also stated:
“Some conservatives have tried making a broader argument—that Biden and his team do not care about East Palestine because it is a Republican, rural, largely White town. ‘Is it because these are not their voters?’ Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), who agreed.
“Others have taken it further, taking the opportunity to wrap Buttigieg’s sexual orientation into their criticism, leading to allegations that the post-derailment criticism stems in part from homophobia.”
According to the Britannica website, Buttigieg is “gay” and “married.” It says: “In June 2015 he came out publicly as gay in an essay published in the South Bend Tribune. He later married (2018) Chasten Glezman, a schoolteacher.”
As reported by The Guardian, Buttigieg and his husband have adopted two babies.
A Sept. 1, 2021 story posted by the Guardian carries this headline: “Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten announce the birth of adopted twins.”
“The Buttigiegs announced last month that they were engaged in the adoption process,” the Guardian reported. “Sharing a picture of the babies on Saturday, they said they were ‘beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents.’”
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