Conservative Candidate’s Campaign Materials Seem to Suggest Open Campus Carry Can Protect Students Against ‘Men in Women’s Bathrooms’
A Dallas candidate’s campaign materials appear to imply guns are necessary to protect against transgender people who use public restrooms according to their gender identity.
Brad Underwood, a candidate for the board of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD),Â is making headlines for a campaign flier (below) featuring a photo of a manÂ with a beard inÂ a bra that states: “He can now share the same bathroom or locker room as your daughter or granddaughter thanks to the DCCCD trustees.”Â
As horrific as the flier may be, Underwood’s campaign website appears to contain an even more dangerous message. Here’s what it says under “Issues”:
“I will fight to protect the safety of students, faculty and the natural right to self-defense –Â
In 2012, the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees decided 4-1-2 (4 trustees in favor, 1 against, 2 abstaining) to a policy of making bathrooms and locker rooms transgender. What does this mean? Men do not belong in the ladies restrooms or locker rooms. We’ve seen examples across the country where sexual predators have used this to their advantage, even though assurances were given that our wives and daughters would not be in danger.
…Â If elected, I will not vote for policies that put your daughter or granddaughter at risk. I will also fight for your daughter to protect herself while on campus with Texas’ new Campus Carry law.”Â
Candidate Campaigning on ‘Taxes, Tuition and Transgender’Â
Underwood’s website also features photos of him alongside Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and actor Chuck Norris. The outgoing message on his cell phone voicemail states that his three issues are, “Taxes, tuition and transgender.”Â
Underwood (photo, top, at a campaign event with Gov. Greg Abbott,) did not respond to telephone and email messages from NCRM seeking comment about whether he’s advocatingÂ violence against trans people in public restrooms, or suggesting guns are a solution toÂ trans people in public restrooms.
If he is, he would not be the first Dallas-area candidate to do so. Tracy Murphree, the GOP candidate for sheriff of Denton County, north of Dallas, wrote on Facebook last month:Â
â€œThis whole bathroom thing is craziness I have never seen. All I can say is this: If my little girl is in a public womenâ€™s restroom and a man, regardless of how he may identify, goes into the bathroom, he will then identify as a John Doe until he wakes up in whatever hospital he may be taken to. Your identity does not trump my little girl’s safety. I identify as an overprotective father that loves his kids and would do anything to protect themâ€
In any case, Underwood’s disgusting flier appears to have backfired, angering local parents and exposing possible campaign finance issues.Â
The flier states that it was paid for byÂ “A Better Dallas County Community College District,” a political action committee that has raised $10,000 from a single donor. However, campaign finance reports list the PAC’s mailing address is the same as Underwood’s.Â
“While I didn’t seek them out, I was glad to have their endorsement,” Underwood toldÂ WFAA-TV.
Asked why the PAC’s address is the same as his, he added: “I’ll have to take a look at it and see. I haveÂ aÂ lot of help. … I have several people working on my campaign. Somebody could have put something on there that doesn’t belong there.”Â
Wednesday afternoon the PAC’s website displayed a new message: “Due to a security breach, this website is locked and has no content.”
UnderwoodÂ wantsÂ to repeal the community college district’s 2012 nondiscrimination policy, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. But a spokeswoman for the district told WFAA the policy doesn’t address restroom use.Â
Teia Collier, a mother who lives in the district, called the flier “ugly and not nice,” adding that it could force her to have a conversation with her children that she’s not ready to have. Â
Rafael McDonnell, a spokesman for Dallas’ LGBT community center, called the flier “factually inaccurate, intellectually dishonest and sleazy politics.”
The Dallas Morning NewsÂ reports that an identical flier was sent out by a candidate in another DCCD race,Â Dorothy Zimmermann.Â
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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.
In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.
After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.
Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.
“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.
“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”
“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”
Watch the segment below or at this link.
‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”
“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”
“I was misled … the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that” — Greg Abbott on his initial false statement portraying Uvalde first responders as heroes pic.twitter.com/dUIdxnicjm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
Critics aren’t buying his claims.
Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.
“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.
“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.
“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.
Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”
Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.
“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.
Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:
.@GregAbbott_TX responding to a question on long rifles “it seems like only in the past decade or two we have had school shootings.” Governor, the assault weapons ban ended in 2004. See the connection? You have actively helped to sell millions of weapons since then.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 27, 2022
And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”
“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then. He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”
“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”
‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.
Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”
That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”
“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”
Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.
“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.
“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
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