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Tennessee House Committee Advances Bill Targeting Transgender Students

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In a Heated Committee Meeting, Lawmakers Pass Bill Targeting Transgender Students 

The Tennessee House Education Administration & Planning Committee Wednesday evening took up a bill designed to remove the rights of transgender children in public schools. HB 2414 would force transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms based on their original birth certificate, not their gender identity. It passed the committee by an 8-4 vote. 

The bill’s sponsor, GOP Rep. Susan Lynn, told the committee that her bill would “prevent bullying” and “protect students,” which is the exact opposite of the truth.

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Communication by some of the lawmakers to a representative of the ACLU, Heddy Weinberg, on hand to testify, was hostile.

GOP Rep. Rick Womick, clearly angry, decided to take on the ACLU directly, claiming they are “constantly threatening lawsuits.”

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“Joey on Friday may want to be Jolene on Monday,” GOP Rep. Rick Womick told the ACLU representative, chastising her for “coming into our schools.” She explained that the ACLU has received 2000 complaints from transgender students in Tennessee alone.

Womick, who last July sent a letter to every county clerk in Tennessee asking them to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage for same-sex couples, disagreed that the Bill of Rights has anything to do with the rights of transgender students. He asked, “How many of these [2000] complaints are from students who have had the sex change surgery?” Rep. Womick repeatedly attacked the ACLU’s Weinberg for being involved in supporting Tennessee students. “Things are just fine without y’all middling and threatening lawsuits.”

“We don’t need government stepping in and fixing something that’s not broke,” he said, and added, “I don’t care about Title IX.” 

Democratic Rep. Johnnie Turner talked about how growing up Black impacted her. 

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“What did it do to me that every time I got on the bus I was reminded I was inferior” to other children, she asked. She thanked the ACLU, the NAACP, and the Urban League who stood up for her when she couldn’t stand up for herself. She said “God made” transgender children. “These children face enough challenges. We do not have to separate them.”

“Every time I went to the back of that bus, I knew what society was doing. Don’t do that to them,” she urged. 

GOP Rep. Mark White urged the bill be held for “a legitimate study,” on the bill before any vote. “I’m in favor of slowing this down because there’s a lot of issues here.” That motion failed.

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David Fowler of the very anti-LGBT Family Action of Tennessee, was clearly angered also. He insisted passing HB 2414 would prevent lawsuits, when in fact it will force them. He called transgender students “abnormal.”

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The ACLU representative, Heddy Weinberg (photo above) later chastised him for calling transgender students “abnormal,” saying “we should embrace them.”

The bill now moves to the Finance Ways & Means Committee.

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4 Top Trump-Supporting House Republicans ‘Demanding Answers’ on ‘Treatment’ of January 6 ‘Prisoners’

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The U.S. Dept.  of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the “treatment” of the January 6 “prisoners,” suggesting they are “political prisoners,” which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, “demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners” from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

“This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee’s first hearing,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram.”

“The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr,” Solender says in a Forbes article.

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‘Groveling Before White Supremacists’: GOP Senate Candidate Slammed for ‘Going Fully Anti-Semitic’

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A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to “monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States.” Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

He retweeted this post from disclose.tv and called the ADL “a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives.”

Some slammed Vance’s tweet as antisemitic:

Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about “extremist and hate movements.”

 

 

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Psaki Forced to Explain COVID Basics to Fox News Reporter Asking ‘Whose Fault’ Is It Pandemic Cases Spiking

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday was forced to explain the basics of the coronavirus pandemic to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy after he tried to blame the increase in COVID-19 cases on President Joe Biden, bt asking, “whose fault” is it that the numbers are “going in the wrong direction.”

Naturally, the answer is those who could be vaccinated yet are still refusing to do so.

“On COVID Dr. Fauci says we’re going in the wrong direction. Whose fault is that?” Doocy asked.

“Well,” Psaki replied, “I would say first what he was referring to is the fact that because there are still a large population of people in this country who were unvaccinated. And we have the most transmissible variants that we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic that more people are getting sick with COVID, and that’s not, those numbers are not moving in the right direction. I think that’s accurate and you can see it by data.”

Doocy works for one of the top conservative cable channels that possibly has spread more coronavirus and vaccine disinformation than almost any other.

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