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No, the Trump Administration Did Not Just ‘Rescind Transgender Student Protections’ – They Told Schools to Ignore the Law

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Federal Law, Not Obama Guidance, Already Protects Transgender Students – Trump Just Decided to Target Children

The Trump administration Wednesday evening revoked Obama-era guidelines directing schools to protect the civil rights of transgender students, which included helping school administrations understand they must allow trans students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

Here are some inaccurate mainstream media headlines:

Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students (Washington Post)

Trump Administration Rescinds Protections For Transgender Students (Huffington Post)

Trump administration withdraws federal protections on transgender bathrooms in schools (CNN)

Trump administration revokes transgender students’ bathroom protections (The Guardian)

Trump administration withdraws protections for transgender students (The Hill)

What the administration did was to replace Obama guidance, which was supported by court rulings based on Title IX, a federal civil rights law, and replace it with a wink and a nob, a “thumbs up” to schools implying they can ignore federal law, telegraphing the implicit message that the Department of Justice will not enforce Title IX, at least when when it comes to transgender children.

However, as NCRM noted in our reporting on the Trump administration’s move tonight, Title IX does not change depending on who occupies the White House.

Lambda Legal issued a statement in responding to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Obama guidance. This explains clearly what just happened:

“Trump’s actions do not change the law itself—transgender students remain protected by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972—but abandoning the guidance intentionally creates confusion about what federal law requires. The law bars discrimination – the new administration invites it.”

Transgender students really need to be told this — they need to know this.

Take a look at the whole statement:

Even for a bully like Trump,

attacking children is a new low

Administration withdraws guidance for schools on what the law requires for transgender students

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education today rescinded the Obama administration’s 2016 Title IX guidance clarifying the rights of transgender students. Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT legal organization, released the following statement:

“We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but his attack on transgender children today is a new low. The U.S. Department of Education’s decision to withdraw guidance clarifying the rights of transgender students endangers the well-being and safety of children across the country.

“Trump’s actions do not change the law itself—transgender students remain protected by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972—but abandoning the guidance intentionally creates confusion about what federal law requires. The law bars discrimination – the new administration invites it.

“Betsy DeVos became Education Secretary just one week ago. At her brief confirmation hearing she publicly committed to protecting LGBT students – this harms them. 

“Over the past week Donald Trump has attacked perhaps the two most vulnerable groups of children in America: transgender children and refugee children. While his Education Secretary was busy withdrawing protective guidance for trans kids, his Homeland Security Secretary signed memos that strip legal protections from children who arrive alone at our borders, seeking refuge.

“Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary DeVos give us sickening echoes of the racially segregated schools era by claiming that enforcement of this federal civil rights law is a ‘states’ rights issue.’ This is not just a bizarre misunderstanding. We recognize that language. This is a cynical rejection of the federal government’s responsibility to enforce federal law protections for vulnerable students.

“While the Trump/Pence administration wages its War on Children, Lambda Legal will redouble our efforts to protect transgender and other vulnerable kids. At Lambda Legal, we are already in court fighting for transgender students, and we are prepared to sue any school district that discriminates in the wake of the Trump administration’s actions today.”

 

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TOO BAD SO SAD

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.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

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.”

Watch:

 

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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.”

You can read more here.

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