By MAUREEN CALLAHAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
Shame they can’t do the jobs we actually pay them for
Can’t anyone take a joke anymore? Not if you’re a Democrat.
Jean-Pierre’s complete ineptitude brings to mind another unqualified hire: Kamala Harris.
The supposed bigot of the hour is none other than Washington DC Boy Scout Mike Pence.
He’s under fire for this quip about Pete Buttigieg’s possible presidential run: ‘When Pete’s two children were born, he took two months maternity leave, whereupon thousands of travelers were stranded in airports, the air traffic system shut down, airplanes nearly collided in midair. I mean, Pete Buttigieg is the only person in human history to have a child and all the rest of us get postpartum depression.’
Funny. True. But Mr. Vice President — you forgot to mention the nation’s crippling supply chain crisis.
If there’s one major misstep here, it’s using ‘maternity’ instead of ‘paternity’ leave. But you could easily chalk that up to a generational divide (Pence is 63 to Buttigieg’s 41).
Could it be that Pence misspoke? Nope. It’s immediately DEFCON 1 over at the White House. Full nuclear outrage.
‘The former vice president’s homophobic joke about Secretary Buttigieg was offensive and inappropriate,’ said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, ‘all the more so because he treated women suffering from postpartum depression as a punchline.’
Please. Stop it.
No one thinks Mike Pence is making fun of postpartum women.
And he delivered these remarks at a roast, no less!
The Vice President was speaking at the Gridiron Club dinner, one the oldest and most prestigious gatherings of U.S. journalists. Roasts, by definition, are meant to shock. People are supposed to speak the unspeakable. That joke was fairly gentle.