Brian Kilmeade Shut Down By Co-Host For Asking Why Pregnant Woman Got 'Important' Job In Biden Admin.
Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade, speaking on "Fox and Friends," could not seem to understand why the Biden administration would give an "important job" to a pregnant woman.
Kilmeade's remark came after news outlets reported that the Biden administration would roll out the Disinformation Governance Board, a new arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will specialize in countering the spread of Russian and other disinformation campaigns.
And the woman tapped for the top post within the new agency is Nina Jankowicz, a researcher, author, and commentator specializing in disinformation who previously served as a disinformation fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and as supervisor of the Russia and Belarus programs at the National Democratic Institute–and who happens to be nearly nine months pregnant.
You can hear Kilmeade's remarks in the video below.
Kilmeade suggested that the Biden administration could have found anyone else to take charge because he is "not sure how you get a job and then you just – you can’t do a job for three months."
“I’m not faulting her, but I don’t know why you would give someone a job that you think is so important.”
Kilmeade's remarks received pushback from co-host Ainsley Earhardt who, when Kilmeade noted that Jankowicz has held her job for "about two months," said:
“Well, I’ll defend her on that one, Brian. She has the right to have a baby and have maternity leave.”
Kilmeade's remarks came the same week that news outlets reported that a leaked draft opinion indicated the Supreme Court's ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization will move to strike down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that protects a person's right to choose reproductive healthcare without excessive government restriction, likely endangering other legal precedents regarding privacy and reproductive rights.
His statements angered many who came to Jankowicz's defense.
Republicans and #FOX want to reverse the law that protects pregnant women from losing their jobs and that offers maternity leave.\nThey are NOT #ProLife.\nRepublicans are coming after our other rights after #RoeVWade.\n@kilmeadehttps://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1522585415127023623\u00a0\u2026— Liztalk \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Liztalk \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651855623
Republicans: why would a pregnant woman have a job?\n\nAlso Republicans: do you want the governement to help vulnerable pregnant women who cannot work? NO WAY you crazy communist!\n\nhttps://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1522585415127023623\u00a0\u2026— Stephanie en Chile \ud83c\udf33\ud83c\udde8\ud83c\uddf1 (@Stephanie en Chile \ud83c\udf33\ud83c\udde8\ud83c\uddf1) 1651865210
So they want to take away your ability to govern YOUR own body. \n\nTHEN...\n\nIf you do become pregnant, good luck getting a job because how could you possibly do both?https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1522585415127023623\u00a0\u2026— \ud83d\udc51\u270a\ud83c\udffe#BlackAF\u270a\ud83c\udffe\ud83d\udc51 (@\ud83d\udc51\u270a\ud83c\udffe#BlackAF\u270a\ud83c\udffe\ud83d\udc51) 1651854095
So let me summarize for @kilmeade and @FoxNews:\n1. Force women to deliver every pregnancy.\n2. Don't give them jobs because they're pregnant.https://www.huffpost.com/entry/brian-kilmeade-pregnant-woman_n_62744bdfe4b009a811c141da\u00a0\u2026— Steve Martinson (@Steve Martinson) 1651837320
First you have to remain pregnant, then you can't get a job.\n\nThis ignorant Fox News host is what an anti abortion fanatic looks like.\n\nFox News\u2019 Brian Kilmeade said he doesn\u2019t understand why the government would give an important job to a pregnant woman.https://share.smartnews.com/3neVQ— Gamora (@Gamora) 1651856281
You women and your reproduction that isn't forced on you by the State.https://twitter.com/LisPower1/status/1520036342243246080\u00a0\u2026— Raoul Duke (@Raoul Duke) 1651240300
"THIS WOMAN SHOULD HAVE KNOWN NINE MONTHS AGO SHE WOULD GET THIS APPOINTMENT." \nNot the brightest bulb in the tree, old Brian.https://twitter.com/LisPower1/status/1520036342243246080\u00a0\u2026— Sko Hayes (@Sko Hayes) 1651241797
Guys like this would probably prefer we go medieval aristocracy and just go into confinement for the last month or two and the birthing. Or perhaps the entire pregnancy would be even more to their likinghttps://twitter.com/LisPower1/status/1520036342243246080\u00a0\u2026— TheWrathofCon \ud83c\udf3b\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 \u0445\u0430\u0439 \u0436\u0438\u0432\u0435 \u0432\u0456\u043b\u044c\u043d\u0430 \u0423\u043a\u0440\u0430\u0457\u043d\u0430 (@TheWrathofCon \ud83c\udf3b\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 \u0445\u0430\u0439 \u0436\u0438\u0432\u0435 \u0432\u0456\u043b\u044c\u043d\u0430 \u0423\u043a\u0440\u0430\u0457\u043d\u0430) 1651243414
The usual Faux stance: Early cave man. Yea, let's reserve the good jobs for those humans who can't get pregnant. Yeah, that'll work.https://twitter.com/LisPower1/status/1520036342243246080\u00a0\u2026— ColdFury (@ColdFury) 1651259919
Kilmeade been in charge of appointing a disinformation expert to head the Disinformation Governance Board, it is likely he would have run afoul of federal laws for her beliefs about Jankowicz's fitness for work.
According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), pregnancy discrimination, which occurs when an employer discriminates on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions, is illegal.
In fact, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) forbids discrimination based on pregnancy in any manner related to employment "including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment."
The agency makes clear that employers "may not single out pregnancy-related conditions for special procedures to determine an employee's ability to work."