Press Secretary Says Revoking the Obama Letter Does Not Mean the Trump Administration Is Sending a Message to Transgender Students
As the nation grows increasingly outraged that the Trump administrationÂ Wednesday night revoked Obama-era guidance on protecting transgender students, White House Press Secretary faced multiple questions about the decision from reporters Thursday afternoon.
Spicer repeated his statement that PresidentÂ Donald Trump believes transgender rights, and specifically which restroom transgender students should be able to use, is a “states’ rights” issue.Â
That’s of course, falseÂ â€“ civil rights are always federal. The right to due process does not exist only in eastern states, the right to marry does not exist only in western states.
Spicer pointed to a Texas court that stopped what Spicer called “implementation” of the Obama guidance, and claimed procedures weren’t followed. He suggested prior public comment was required for a “Dear Colleague” letter to school districts.
Despite several court rulings that support using Title IX to protect transgender students, Spicer only would point to the Texas ruling. He wrongly claimed that because the court stopped the Obama guidance from being followed, sending a new letter saying they were revoking the Obama guidance was not reversing it, which is false.Â
Spicer laughably also insisted that by revoking the Obama letter the Trump administration is not sending a message to transgender students. Clearly Spicer has never been a minority student.
The press secretary then went on to claim that the “message shows that he’s a guy with a heart,” because he last year had said Caitlyn Jenner was welcome to use any restroom at Trump Tower.
RT CNNPolitics: Sean Spicer: Trump believes transgender student protections are a “statesâ€™ rights issueâ€ â€¦ https://t.co/hxww9DxyBn
â€” Jake Cornwall (@JakeM_1998) February 23, 2017
And then this:
“The law right now doesn’t allow for it under Title IX that was passed in 1972,” â€“Â meaning using Title IX to show that transgender children should be able to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
But Spicer is incorrect on that, as courts have ruled.
He went on to state that “it’s a states’ rights issue and the states should enact laws that reflect the values, principles, Â and will of the people in their state. Very simple,” Spicer insisted, subjecting transgender children to the “values” of the people in their state.
Spicer has a strong misconception that if something could not have been “contemplated” at the time a law was passed, that law cannot possibly cover that issue.Â That’s his argument for saying, wrongly, that Title IX cannot protect transgender students. And it’s false.
Shorter Spicer: Transgender kids didn’t exist in the ’70s.
â€” Laffy (@GottaLaff) February 23, 2017
Take a look:
.@ZekeJMiller: Why are you relying on court decision for transgender guidelines, but not travel ban?
Spicer claims a “big difference” pic.twitter.com/kbzSq2UOKg
â€” Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 23, 2017
Here Spicer talked about “children who are struggling” with being transgender:
HAPPENING NOW: Spicer says the president’sÂ reversal of transgendered students protection is a state’s right issue, not federal. pic.twitter.com/h2Pmu4qi7x
â€” CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 23, 2017
And take a look at Spicer stumbling in these clips:
â€” Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 23, 2017
Sean Spicer: Trump is “very sympathetic” to transgender students https://t.co/vyb6u7bCNy
â€” Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) February 23, 2017
Some responses via Twitter:
Someone needs to ask Trump if he thinks racial segregation in public schools is also a states’ rights issue.
â€” Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 23, 2017
Trump thinks protecting transgender students is a states’ rights issue, the same language racists used in the 1960s. https://t.co/VFAdufe36z
â€” Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 23, 2017
Spicer’s ability to get through this press conference without ever saying the word “transgender” is genuinely impressive.
â€” Jon Bershad (@JonBershad) February 23, 2017
Sean Spicer always unravels at some point. Today, it’s transgender restroom access that has pushed him over the edge.
â€” Sarah McKinney (@Sarah1818) February 23, 2017
Spicer gets defensive about Transgender kids. Says Trump has a heart, but if you live in a red state… his heart is 3 sizes too small.
â€” Suburban Flamingo (@Suburb_Flamingo) February 23, 2017
Spicer arguing that right of transgender kids to use bathroom of choice is states’ rights issue. In other words, not a civil rights issue.
â€” Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) February 23, 2017
If you’re okay with states passing discirminatory laws, then you’re okay with discrimination.
Trump is okay with discrimination.
â€” Zack Ford (@ZackFord) February 23, 2017
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John Eastman Will Face Charges if Continues ‘Frivolous Argument’ Against Capitol Riot Probe: Adam Schiff
John Eastman, the far-right lawyer who authored Trump’s “coup memo,” announced on Friday that he would be defying a subpoena from the House January 6 Committee.
Appearing on CNN later in the day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made clear that Eastman is free to plead the Fifth if he has a good-faith reason to fear he could incriminate himself — but that doesn’t entitle him to a free pass to ignore investigators.
“Eastman says the partisan makeup of the committee, he says makes it invalid and doesn’t need to cooperate,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you say to that?”
“Well, that was a frivolous argument,” said Schiff. “If he uses that as a basis to refuse to answer questions, he will be in contempt of the committee, simple and straightforward. So we’ll be seeing with each witness… whether they’re properly invoking a privilege or to stall and delay for the former president, and will make the judgment as to what the repercussions should be once we see and hear the testimony.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene Cries She’s the ‘Most Attacked’ – Less Than 24 Hours After Labeling All Democrats ‘Communists’
If it seems like it was just yesterday that U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene labeled the President of the United States and in fact every Democrat in the country “communists,” it was, which is why it might seem strangely hypocritical that the Republican from Georgia minutes ago was labeling herself the “most attacked” freshman member of Congress in all of U.S. history.
“Joe Biden is a communist,” Greene declared strongly Thursday evening. “And that’s who the Democrats are – they’re communists.”
“You know, a lot of people are swallowing down the word ‘socialist,’ but that’s not a good enough word for Democrats – they are communists,” Greene told her supporters, clearly ignorant of the words’ meanings.
“That’s the word we need to keep using with them,” she continued. “Because they’re using these unprecedented, authoritarian, tyrannical controls on the American people to force people to comply.”
Marge Greene today: “Joe Biden is a communist. And that’s what the Democrats are – they’re communists. A lot of people are swallowing down the word ‘socialist,’ but .. they are communists.” pic.twitter.com/agaGlwoi4N
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 3, 2021
But Greene was singing a very different tune Friday afternoon.
“I have been the most attacked freshman Member of Congress probably in United States history,” Greene cried in a video she posted to social media. “The media has defamed me. They have completely smeared my character. Called me names and labeled me horrible things, none of which I am. None of the things they have said are true about me.”
Greene today: “I have been the most attacked freshman Member of Congress probably in US history. The media has defamed me. They smeared my character. Call me names and labeled me horrible things, none of which I am.” pic.twitter.com/a61WJaIsdP
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 3, 2021
What has been said about Congresswoman Greene in the legitimate media? Unlike her videos, there’s a high degree of likelihood it’s mostly true.
Here’s a portion of what The New York Times wrote in January:
Marjorie Taylor Greene had just finished questioning whether a plane really flew into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and flatly stating that President Barack Obama was secretly Muslim when she paused to offer an aside implicating another former president in a crime.
“That’s another one of those Clinton murders,” Ms. Greene said, referring to John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death in a 1999 plane crash, suggesting that he had been assassinated because he was a potential rival to Hillary Clinton for a New York Senate seat.
Ms. Greene casually unfurled the cascade of dangerous and patently untrue conspiracy theories in a 40-minute video that was originally posted to YouTube in 2018.
Ms. Greene suggested in a 2018 Facebook post, unearthed this week by Media Matters, that a devastating wildfire that ravaged California was started by “a laser” beamed from space and controlled by a prominent Jewish banking family with connections to powerful Democrats. She endorsed executing Democratic lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She served as a prolific writer for a now-defunct conspiracy blog called “American Truth Seekers,” writing posts with headlines including “MUST READ — Democratic Party Involved With Child Sex, Satanism, and The Occult.” And she argued that the 2018 midterm elections — in which the first two Muslim women were elected to the House — were part of “an Islamic invasion of our government.”
Ms. Greene has repeatedly claimed in multiple videos and social media posts that several school shooting massacres were “false flag” events perpetrated by government officials in an attempt to drum up support for gun control laws. In an October 2020 video surfaced on Friday by Mother Jones, she said that the “only way you get your freedoms back is it’s earned with the price of blood.”
Ms. Greene is perhaps best known for having endorsed QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy movement that claims that Mr. Trump was facing down a shadowy cabal of Democratic pedophiles.
That was almost an entire year ago. You’re probably more familiar with all the baseless and unfounded attacks she has made since.
Greene has made lying about and attacking Democrats part of her weekly, if not daily routine. Sometimes those attacks have been very personal – and very close. Like when she followed Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg around the streets of D.C. He said he felt she was threatening him. Or more recently, when she verbally assaulted U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the steps of Congress. That was one of her countless attacks against the New York Democrat who Greene seems disturbingly obsessed with.
But if indeed Greene is the “most attacked” freshman member of Congress in all of U.S. history, she has only herself to blame.
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James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of accused high school mass shooter Ethan Crumbley, appear to be “missing,” according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
Sheriff Bouchard says his office is now searching for the Crumbleys, but they cannot be found and are not returning calls from their attorney.
MSNBC reports the FBI and U.S. Marshals are currently searching for them.
The Crumbleys will face four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter. Their son, Ethan, is facing murder and terrorism charges, in addition to other charges.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald Friday afternoon detailed the alarming note and drawings that led to school administrators summoning the Crumbleys to the school. Among the words on the note, “the thoughts won’t stop help me,” “blood everywhere,” and “The world is dead.”
“So the Crumbleys are missing now?”
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 3, 2021
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