Chasten Buttigieg and other devout tweeters took offense at Fareed Zakaria’s Washington Post pillar Headline: “Forget pronouns: Democrats must become the party of construction.”
Zakaria used his regular column to warn Democrats that tangible achievement rather than a fixation on revivalist issues, including trans rights, would help them achieve continued success.
He warned that the party needed to “make government work for the people” and that “for most Americans, that was more important than using the right pronouns.”
But Chasten Buttigieg was among those who wanted to despise Zakaria for speaking his mind.
He tweeted: “Addressing someone by whatever name/pronoun they prefer is free, easy and friendly. Their use builds community and belonging. Democrats can walk and chew gum. We can fix roads and build bridges while making your life a little easier. That’s called freedom,” Chasten wrote.
His tweet continued, “To tell Democrats to cast aside an entire group of Americans to win is totally inappropriate. Democrats are making historic investments and bold moves while proposing life-saving and democracy-boosting legislation that Republicans continue to vote no to.’
Writing in a Washington Post column, CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria, “Forget pronouns: Democrats need to become the party that builds things,” challenged Democrats that “for most Americans, getting things done is far more important” than getting things done right Use pronouns.” The newspaper revised the headline less than 24 hours later, removing the two words: “Forgot pronouns.”
This was the original headline of Zakaria’s Washington Post comment, which woke up the usual Twitter suspects
Chasten (pictured left) married his sweetheart Pete Buttigieg in 2018, the first openly gay Cabinet member, former mayor of South Bend prior to his 2020 presidential bid. During his partner’s run for office, Chasten was dubbed “the Twitter star we deserve.” . ‘ by Mashable and ‘2020 Spouse Primary Winner’ by Politico, Oprah Daily reported.
The controversial column that sparked a Twitter media storm from Chasten Buttigieg on Fridy
His reply received more than 9,000 likes and 1,000 retweets.
On Friday night, The Washington Post revised the headline, removing the two words “Forget Pronouns” from its new headline: “Democrats must become the party of construction.”
Others followed suit and found the play just as offensive.
Liberal podcaster Kimberley Johnson slammed Zakaria. Johnson tweeted: “Who walks on pronouns @FareedZakaria?’ FoxNews reported.
She continued, “No candidate makes pronouns part of their platform. It’s a social issue that most Democrats embrace… It’s lazy journalism and transphobic. You pick one group and that’s disgusting.”
New York Times writer Elizabeth Spiers joined the cybermob.
She slammed Zakaria for claiming it was a “wild misinterpretation of this Times poll,” since he referenced the New York Times poll in the column.
Spiers also raged, “But if you’re confusing civil rights with pronoun etiquette and are totally unaware that you’re parroting a transphobic GOP talking point, you might step away from the keyboard.”
The CNN host fired back trying to clarify his argument, which was mostly aimed at Chasten, Fox News reported.
“I hope it is clear that I am NOT arguing against any minorities. (I belong to several myself.) I argue against giving Republicans an easy way to appear demagogic and divert attention,” he tweeted, echoing the argument in his article.
He added, “If the Democrats are wiped out in the midterms, it won’t help these embattled groups!”
This isn’t the first time LGBTQ rights advocate and author Chasten Buttigieg has spoken out.
In June 2021, he criticized GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel’s tweet about Pride Month during an episode of CNN’s Erin Burnett Outside.
The outspoken Chasten married his love Pete Buttigieg in 2018, the first openly gay Cabinet member, former mayor of South Bend prior to his 2020 presidential bid.
During his partner’s run for office, Chasten was dubbed “the Twitter celebrity we deserve” by Mashable and “the 2020 Spouse Primary Winner” by Politico. Oprah daily reported.