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Across the Nation a Wave of Anti-Trans Bills Are Set to Be Debated

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Some Bills Give Extra Rights to Cisgender People, Allowing Them to Sue if They Encounter a Trans Person in the ‘Wrong’ Restroom

North Carolina’s HB2 “bathroom bill” was an expensive embarrassment, so it’s a mystery why lawmakers around the country have decided to introduce similar legislation in their own states.

Twelve bills have been filed across nine states targeting transgender people using public restrooms. These bills make up the majority of 20 anti-trans laws already being considered around the country this year.

So-called “bathroom bills” target transgender people by forcing them to use the restroom associated with either the gender on their birth certificate or their assigned sex at birth. These laws have proven to be unenforceable on a broad scale, as they would require supervision of public restrooms at all times.

A bill in Alabama does not define gender but does segregate public restrooms.

Kentucky’s HB 106 was introduced by Democratic representative Rick Nelson and and segregates public restrooms based on “biological sex,” a vague term usually used to describe chromosomal sex and does not account for the existence of intersex people.

Another Kentucky bill, HB 141, allows cisgender students to sue their school if they encounter a transgender student in the restroom.

Minnesota is considering a house file that would require students to use the restroom associated with their birth sex, which excludes both intersex people and transgender students who have legally changed their birth certificates.

Missouri’s bills would not only segregate public restrooms, specifically school restrooms but also ban businesses and localities from adopting policies that conflict with the state law. This was one of the most controversial and wildly unconstitutional aspects of HB2 in North Carolina.

New Jersey’s approach is to require the state Attorney General to defend schools that violate the rights of students unless the students can prove medically that they are transgender. The law doesn’t go into specifics but this suggests that trans students whose parents do not accept them would be equally unaccepted at school.

South Carolina’s H3012 bars localities from protecting transgender individuals. A separate bill in South Carolina also requires students to use the restroom of the sex they were assigned at birth.

Texas’s proposed bill would both prevent local protections for transgender people and segregate school restrooms and locker rooms.

Washington’s bill would create a loophole allowing businesses and public buildings to discriminate against transgender people trying to use public restrooms.

And a failed proposal in Virginia would have forced people to use the restroom associated with their assigned sex at birth. It also would have allowed people to sue if they encountered a transgender person in the restroom.

Specifically, most of the bills filed apply to schools, which means that transgender children are as likely to be at risk as transgender adults. The failed Virginia bill would have gone far enough to require that school administrators notify parents if a child asked to go by a different name or pronouns during the school day.

North Carolina’s HB2 has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a September calculation from Wired. Since then, a special session costing the state thousands more in taxpayer money took place with the intended purpose of repealing the law. The repeal failed.

The Obama administration issued guidance in the form of a letter to public schools to encourage them to respect the rights of transgender students, but it unenforceable and was later challenged in court. Had it carried weight, the Trump administration would have had the right to overturn it.

 

Hat tip: News & Observer

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Eric Trump Melts Down on Fox News Because He’s Getting ‘Subpoena After Subpoena After Subpoena’

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Eric Trump complained on Sunday that the Trump Organization and the Trump family is facing an onslaught of investigations and that they are forced to respond to subpoenas “every single day.”

The former president’s son made the remarks during an interview on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo.

“The problem with the Democrats is they dig so deep that they always find themselves,” Trump said. “And the reason I’m frustrated about this is every single day since my father ran for president, my father and our entire family and our company has been under investigation. Every single day, Maria, we get subpoena after subpoena after subpoena.”

“But, I mean, they weaponized the entire system in this country,” he added. “They’ve weaponized the DOJ. They’ve weaponized our military. They weaponized the educational system in this country. They’ve weaponized the medical system in this country. The Democrats weaponize absolutely everything they can to use again their political opponents.”

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Trump Supporter Wearing Dead Animal Refuses to Believe Jan. 6 Was Violent — Even After CNN Showed Him Video

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One of the 400 to 450 people who rallied in DC in support of those who stormed the Capitol on January 6th refused to believe that the Trump supporters who sought to overturn the election were violent.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz interviewed a Trump supporter wearing an animal hat who was clearly misinformed about the events on January 6th.

“It’s a public building. I mean people have been held all this time, I think the most severe charge that any of them have is trespassing,” the man falsely claimed.

“But there are some who were charged with assaulting officers,” Prokupecz noted.

“Those are lies,” the fur-clad Trump supporter argued.

“So you don’t believe the video?” Prokupecz asked.

The man claimed he had seen no such video. So CNN showed him video — and he still didn’t believe it.

Video of the man singing a song about Ashli Babbitt was captured by HuffPost reporter Ryan J. Reilly.

Prokupecz offered his analysis to CNN anchor Jim Acosta.

“It just seems, Jim, that it would take almost a miracle to convince some of the people who were here that this was a very serious situation. They all have downplayed it. In this instance, this video blaming the police for what happened and they should have gotten out of the way,” he said.

“They’re in a state of denial, is what it is,” Acosta replied. “I mean, that’s just extraordinary to meet somebody who says show me the video and then you show them the video — and they’re still not convinced. It just shows you how sinister this world of disinformation is that we’re all living in right now.”

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NOT EVEN CLOSE

Sean Spicer Bitterly Complains the Press Is Treating Jen Psaki Better Than They Did Him

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As part of a deep dive into the growing popularity of White House press secretary Jen Psaki who has a legion of admirers on social media due to her handling of press, former Donald Trump press secretary Sean Spicer complained to the New York Times that she has gotten a free pass from the media that he never got.

According to the report, even Peter Doocy of Fox News had high praise for Psaki despite his almost daily battles with Psaki that have become widely shared on Twitter and evening newscasts.

“It never feels like I’m getting smacked down or vice versa,” Doocy admitted. “I understand why it looks like that, some of the ways that stuff gets clipped, but it doesn’t feel like that in the room.”

He added, “When I got back from my wedding she made a point to tell everybody in the briefing room that I just got married. That’s a transcript I can print out and show to my kids one day.”

As for Spicer, who eventually resigned following combative press conferences that were famously mocked on Saturday Night Live — with actor Melissa McCarthy portraying a bullying and manic Spicer — he thinks he was held to a higher standard than the current press secretary.

“‘I walked into the lion’s den every day — she walks into a bunch of kittens,'” Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump’s first press secretary and now the 6 p.m. anchor on Newsmax, said in an interview,” the Times’ Michael Grynbaum wrote.

Spicer also took exception to Psaki taking a dig at him during a press conference after President Joe Biden asked him to resign from the board of the United States Military Academy when she was asked about his performance in her job as well as appearances by Kellyanne Conway defending Donald Trump.

Psaki replied, “I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified.”

That led Spicer to complain, “Jen chose to stand and question my qualifications and services to this country. Once she did that, the gloves were off.”

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