Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg had a great comeback for U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comment that he’s trying to “emasculate the way we drive.”
Greene, the Republican conspiracy-monger from Georgia, made the remark with all its homophobic implications Saturday at a rally in Michigan for Donald Trump. “Democrats like Pete Buttigieg want to emasculate the way we drive and force all of you to rely on electric vehicles,” she said.
Buttigieg, the first out gay Senate-confirmed Cabinet member, responded to Greene Tuesday during an interview with Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto.
“I literally don’t even understand what that means,” Buttigieg told Cavuto. “My sense of manhood is not connected to whether or not my vehicle is fueled by gasoline or whether it’s fueled by electricity.”
“It was a strange thing to say,” he added. “You know, to be honest, there are other members of Congress that I pay more attention to when I’m thinking about opinions that really matter or ideas that are going to be critical to engage with.”
Greene has often aimed anti-LGBTQ+ taunts at Buttigieg. For instance, at a so-called Save America rally in March, she said bizarrely, “Pete Buttigieg can take his electric vehicles and his bicycles, and he and his husband can stay out of our girls’ bathrooms.”
Buttigieg responded on the Yahoo! News Skullduggery podcast by saying, “The reason you hear somebody like that making nonsensical, literally nonsensical comments like that — I don’t know what you’d do with an electric vehicle in any bathroom — they don’t want to talk about what we’re actually working on. So they’re going to keep tripling down on anything that can divide and demonize and demoralize, and through that capture attention.”
Greene made more headlines recently with the news that her husband of 27 years, Perry Greene, has filed for divorce. In asking the media to respect the couple’s privacy, she couldn’t resist making the remark that “our society is formed by a husband and wife creating a family to nurture and protect.” She has always been against marriage rights for anyone other than straight couples.
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