Former Vice President Mike Pence has been under fire from liberal commentators and the White House for a “maternity leave” joke he made about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at the annual Gridiron Dinner. The joke, which was made in good fun and in the spirit of the dinner, was met with outrage from the left, who accused it of being “homophobic”. However, it appears that the White House is not being consistent with their outrage, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a joke about Jews that went largely unnoticed.
An honest question for you, @Mike_Pence, 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? pic.twitter.com/pCWvl8pb5N
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) March 13, 2023
This is yet another example of the double standard that exists in today’s society. While the left is quick to call out any perceived slight against the LGBTQ community, they are willing to overlook similar jokes made about other groups. This is a clear case of selective outrage and hypocrisy.
Pence defends controversial Buttigieg ‘maternity leave’ joke; says Biden cabinet secy. ‘can’t take a joke' https://t.co/Gpd7MB5Sty
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 17, 2023
The former Vice President has been a vocal supporter of traditional family values throughout his career, and it is clear that his joke was not meant to be taken seriously. It was simply a lighthearted jab at the Transportation Secretary, and should be seen as such.
The left’s reaction to the joke is indicative of their larger agenda to silence those who disagree with them. They are quick to label any opinion that does not align with their own as “homophobic” or “hateful” in an attempt to shut down any dissenting voices. This is an unacceptable form of censorship, and it should not be tolerated.
It is clear that former Vice President Mike Pence was simply making a joke in the spirit of the Gridiron Dinner. The left’s reaction to this joke is yet another example of their hypocrisy and selective outrage. It is time for them to stop trying to silence those who disagree with them and instead engage in meaningful dialogue.