Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) recently attacked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for attempting to “emasculate the best way we drive.” Asked concerning the remark, he said he could barely make sense of her grievance.
At a Michigan rally Saturday for former President Donald Trump, Greene griped that “Democrats like Pete Buttigieg need to emasculate the best way we drive and force all of you to depend on electric vehicles.”
In an appearance Tuesday on Fox News, host Neil Cavuto asked Buttigieg what he considered the comment.
“I literally don’t even understand what which means,” Buttigieg replied. “My sense of manhood will not be connected as to whether or not my vehicle is fueled by gasoline or whether it’s fueled by electricity.”
“It was a wierd thing to say,” he added. “You realize, to be honest, there are other members of Congress that I pay more attention to once I’m eager about opinions that basically matter or ideas which are going to be critical to interact with.”
Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg responds to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) saying he’s attempting to “emasculate the best way we drive”:
“I literally don’t even understand what which means. My sense of manhood will not be connected as to whether my vehicle is fueled by … electricity.” pic.twitter.com/rd8O0Hk6nF
— The Recount (@therecount) October 4, 2022
Greene, who recently made headlines for saying Pride Month “needs to finish,” has previously targeted the transportation secretary with bizarre and nonsensical homophobia. In March, she told Trump rally attendees in Georgia that “Pete Buttigieg can take his electric vehicles and his bicycles, and he and his husband can stay out of our girls’ bathrooms.” The next month, she said that “mom and pop have been replaced by Chasten and Pete Buttigieg and their designer babies. Our society is sick.”
She also seems obsessive about traditional definitions of masculinity. In July, she complained that “woke training” within the U.S. military meant that “toxic masculinity is totally not accepted” anymore, when “I’d think toxic masculinity can be a No. 1 requirement” to enroll.
Greene’s disturbing history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has been catalogued by the GLAAD Accountability Project.