Last week, Congressman Sean Duffy got a rather unpleasant surprise. He’s due to have a ninth child in October–a daughter who will have serious heart problems. The Wisconsin Republican concluded they were serious enough that he felt his place wasn’t in Washington, but caring for his new daughter back in Wausau. To that end, he announced on Monday that he will resign from Congress at the end of September, midway through his fifth term.
Duffy and his wife, Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy, shed more light on this development on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends.” Watch here.
Sean said that he and Rachel had learned their daughter was going to be born with “a couple holes in her heart.” She will need open-heart surgery as early as this coming winter–and at the six-month mark at the latest.
This would be an extremely delicate procedure for an adult. A baby, especially half a year old? One can only imagine how arduous caring for her will be after the surgery. With this in mind, Sean announced his resignation while meeting with the heart doctor.
Now who would have a problem with that? Well, black conservative pastor Jesse Lee Peterson had a big problem with that. Apparently Peterson thinks that by doing his basic duty as a husband and a father, Duffy is announcing in capital letters that he’s a beta male.
Peterson went to air 24 hours after the Duffys revealed the details about their infant daughter’s condition–and promptly hit them with a cheap shot. Watch here.
Peterson thought it was bad enough that Duffy was giving up his seat in order to help care for his daughter. To his mind, that was enough by itself to make him a “beta male.” But to Peterson, “what really takes the cake” is that Rachel and Sean already have eight children–and yet, Rachel is out working rather than staying home and caring for them. He found it especially hard to understand since Sean was in Congress, and in a position to provide for the family.
To Peterson’s mind, there was no reason for Sean to resign. He believed Sean was resigning because Rachel was “making him do it.” He believed it was evidence that Rachel was “a selfish, egotistical woman” who was pulling Sean’s strings–and Sean was “too beta male to make her do the right thing” and leave the fair and balanced network.
If that wasn’t sexist enough for you, Peterson snarled that when a woman is out working, “it’s like being married to another man.” He believes that men should steer clear of educated women because “they don’t make for good wives and mothers.”
Um, Jesse? If you got your head out of your butt long enough, maybe you’d consider that Sean realizes that he is a husband and father first and a congressman second. When a baby is about to have this bugbear of a surgery so soon after being born, any man worth his salt would want to be close by to help care for her. Riddle me this, Jesse. Are you willing to tell the Duffys that Rachel ought to take this task on for herself? And are you willing to do so to their faces, rather than from the comfort of your studio in Los Angeles?
If you and your team had bothered to do any research, you would see that Rachel and the kids have already made a major sacrifice in order to help Sean provide for them. Duffy represents a large swath of northwestern Wisconsin, including Superior and Wausau. When first elected in 2010 as part of that year’s Republican wave, he lived in Ashland, on the western end of the district. However, they moved to Wausau so Duffy could be closer to a city with an airport.
During his career, Duffy spent three or four days a week in Washington before flying back home to spend the weekend with his family. However, the nearest airport to Ashland was in Duluth, Minnesota–an hour away. Now how is wanting to make it easier to be home with your kids the act of a beta male?
You don’t expect much from a guy who doesn’t think it’s racist to want your hometown as white as possible. But even for Peterson, this is outrageous. If a liberal pastor like Al Sharpton, William Barber, or Talbert Swan had taken a cheap shot at a congressman who resigned because he felt caring for a sick child was more important than his career, we would rightly be asking that pastor, “What the hell is wrong with you?”
Peterson claims to rebuild men. Well, if rebuilt men are supposed to make their wives take the whole burden of caring for a baby who is about to have open-heart surgery, then Peterson is long overdue for a date with the wrecking ball.
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