How reassuring it is to know that amidst all the problems that face this country–terrorism, racism, discrimination, the resurgence of domestic hate groups–that the Justice Department under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to choose transgender children as their first priority.
Reversing rules put in place by the Obama Administration, the Department of Justice said Wednesday that decisions about what bathrooms transgender students are allowed to use will now be left to the states. No big deal for trans kids in California or New York, but what about Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi?
On CNN Newsroom Thursday morning, Democrat Bakari Sellers and former Ted Cruz operative Alice Stewart debated the new rule handed down by the Trump team. Stewart said it was a good thing:
“This helps parents protect their children and, look, since those comments that Donald Trump said early on the campaign, he has been quite clear that his view on this is to make it a state’s rights issue, which is what this decision has become.”
Sellers told Stewart the matter was one of civil rights:
“This is not a state’s rights issue, this is a civil rights issue. The American government has the duty to protect all citizens no matter their race, color, creed or sexual orientation.”
Why, Sellers asked Stewart, should the decision which was in place under Obama suddenly be reversed? And he added:
“Since Barack Obama put this guidance in place, can you name me one instance where there’s been a case where a child was put in any type of danger because they now have the ability to go to a restroom that (corresponds) with the gender that they choose?”
Stewart was forced to admit she was not aware of any problems caused, but tried to have it both ways by saying:
“With regard to schools? No, I can’t. I can honestly say I can’t — but I certainly don’t want to wait for something to happen before we take action.”
Bullshit! Alice Stewart, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions just want to put LGBT Americans as far back into the closet as they can. They want to shame them and make their lives hell. And in doing so, these same intolerant assholes are only guaranteeing their own political obsolescence in the very near future.
Here’s the debate on CNN this morning:
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org