‘If They Donâ€™t Have Those and Want Sexual Reassignment Surgery, Weâ€™ll Cut Them Up and Remake Them Into Something Different’ King Says
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was so angered a bill banning the use of Defense Dept. funds for transgender transition medical services failed late Thursday he stood on the House floor Friday morning and told offensive and disgusting lie after lie after lie.
King is a white nationalist who is perhaps best known for claimingÂ that for every undocumented immigrant in America who’s a “valedictorian,” there are 100 withÂ “calves the size of cantaloupes“Â running drugs across the Mexican border.
The eight-term congressman didn’t hold back his rage Friday, nor could he hold back his obviousÂ hatred of transgender people, even those risking their lives to serve their country in the armed forces.
(It’s important to note that, as NCRM reported Friday, King is the chairÂ of theÂ House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice and is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban transgender people from being protected under existing federal civil rights laws.)
Literally almost nothing King said in relation to transgender people is true. We’ll take his word on the historical details of his speech.
King argued that by allowing the military to pay for medically necessary transition care for transgender soldiers, the U.S. isÂ proving it is willing to let the nation die. He also compared transgender soldiers to castrated slaves, eunuchsÂ from the 16th andÂ 17th centuryÂ Ottoman Empire, who were, he said, not good at fighting because they no longer produced testosterone.
“What they did in order to keep them from reproducing was that they did reassignment surgery on those slaves that they captured that they had put into their Janissaries troops,” Rep. King said, as BreitbartÂ reports.Â That’s false. It was not “reassignment surgery,” it was castration, period.
GOP Rep. Steve King compares transgender troops to Ottoman empire eunuchs who wouldn’t fight, says trans people will enlist just for surgery pic.twitter.com/kxoRsBdi7I
â€” Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) July 14, 2017
“And that reassignment surgery was they took them from being a virile reproductive male to being eunuchs. They were suitable to work in the harem, but they found out when to put them out in the field to do battle against the enemy, that they didnâ€™t have the testosterone to take on the fight. And so over a period of time, a generation or two, they finally realized, I guess we are going to have toÂ stop turning these men into eunuchs if we are going to have them as a fighting machine.”
It’s vile and offensive to compare a transgender soldier to a eunuch. These are U.S. military service members.Â Secretary of Defense James Mattis should send Rep. King a letter demanding an apology to every transgender service member.
King continues his offensive attack.
“Thatâ€™s the Janissaries. And the old history through that is replete with narrative after narrative of them taking out the knife and actually cutting these atomically complete men flush. Some would die, and some would live, but none of them had the will to fight. So they decided they were going to keep anatomically complete men. Men that were producing testosterone in their crack Janissaries troops where they fought well.”
And then, more lies. King actually claims there will be transgender people “lining up at the recruitment center who have planned that they want to do sexual reassignment surgery” in the military, just so they can get “free” transition care.
It will surpriseÂ Rep. King to learn that thanks to ObamaCare and the Obama-era Dept. ofÂ Health and Human Services, nearly all insurance plans must cover transition care. So, there’s no need to enlist to obtain medical care.
The ACLU’s Joshua Block adds:
Law already requires coverage for transition related care in medicare, medicaid, and any private insurance sold by an insurance company. https://t.co/KZMD0HhzEG
â€” Joshua Block (@JoshACLU) July 14, 2017
“Thatâ€™s a lesson from the Ottoman military from two, three, four hundred years ago,” King continues on his long, wasteful trip into history, “and today we are thinking that we are going to make the military better while people lining up at the recruitment center who have planned that they want to do sexual reassignment surgery, know that it is expensive and just believe if I can get into the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines, maybe become a Navy Seal and submit to sexual reassignment surgery and go from a man to a woman.”
Of course, King isn’t finished yet. He calls the DoD funding transition care “a neon sign for people who want to have sexual reassignment surgery.”
Rep. Steve King promotes conspiracy that trans ppl join military for “free surgery” to “cut ’em up and remake ’em into something different.” pic.twitter.com/Ym6v7BUAeX
â€” Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) July 14, 2017
“It doesnâ€™t look women will be going into men after they go through seal training. I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s going to happen. But there is no way this enhances the capabilities of our military. There is no way this enhances the morale of our military. And you will never see a platoon that is made up of all the folks that are likely to line up to sign into our military. This policy clearly, if enacted and advertised, is a neon sign for people who want to have sexual reassignment surgery. They will line up at the recruitment office. Theyâ€™ll be going into the military. And the military will say we had to turn away this one because he was too heavy or had flat feet or a bad eye or congenital defect of one kind or another.”
And then King lies about the cost. King says $3.9 billion over ten years. The Rand Corporation puts the figure at “$2.4 million and $8.4 million annually.” King is lying exponentially.
“But if they donâ€™t have those and want sexual reassignment surgery, weâ€™ll cut them up and remake them into something different, to the tune of 3.9 billion dollars over a ten-year period. And put them off in the recovery room for two years before we can put them to work and use them. And by the way, they are likely to be discharged to go back into society if their only purpose was to get the free surgery.”
As Mediaite also reports, King also offensively said:
“Can you imagine someoneâ€¦taking up a bed in Walter Reed hospital, maybe a roommate with someone who was hit by an IED. Someone who lost a couple of legs, amputated, in the dangerous, dangerous service of the freedoms of our country. Can you imagine those two beds side by side? One of â€™em missing a couple of legs, or an arm, or an arm and a leg, or two arms. And the other one saying, â€˜Well, I just came in for sexual reassignment surgery.â€™ I wonâ€™t say the next things in my mind.”
Again, practically nothing Rep. King said was true. He owes the U.S. military and every transgender person who has ever served an apology. And he owes the American people an apology for lying on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Videos via Dominic Holden/Twitter
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Newsmax Host Says Pride Month Makes Heterosexuals ‘Feel Marginalized,’ LGBTQ People Are No Longer ‘Persecuted’
A Newsmax host on Thursday celebrated the end of Pride Month, declaring anti-LGBTQ attacks, marginalization, discrimination, and bullying in the past, claiming Americans were required to display the LGBTQ Pride flag or risk getting “in trouble,” while lamenting the concept of “pride” as exclusionary and “a negative thing.”
“It’s June 30. I gotta say, I’m glad that June is over. The flag, pride, whatever. What was it, Gay Pride Month, right? I mean, it was, it was too much,” said Greg Kelly, a host on the far-right-wing network.
“It was just too much, everywhere. If you had a business, if you had a building, if you had a house, if you had a dog house, you had to put a flag, a gay pride flag up, or else you could be in trouble,” he said falsely.
Kelly then denounced the “relentless programming,” and the “celebration.”
“You see, this has gotten so big, that those of us who happen to be heterosexual feel excluded, feel marginalized,” Kelly insisted.
“Now, I don’t want anybody to feel that way. And I do know that gay people were persecuted unfairly, they could be targeted and canceled. But that’s not America anymore. That’s long ago,” he claimed, literally days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a civil right to privacy, with one Justice warning specifically that the constitutional right of same-sex couples to engage in intimate contact and to marry should be reviewed and the “error” corrected.
In mid-June Kelly claimed, “this Pride month is borderline out-of-control.”
On Thursday Kelly closed his commentary by saying, “when it comes to gay pride, it’s not the gay part. But frankly, it’s the pride part. Pride is actually a negative thing, isn’t it?”
Watch video below or at this link:
Newsmax host complains about Pride Month: “This has gotten so big that those of us who happen to be heterosexual feel excluded, feel marginalized” pic.twitter.com/3w3gVpH85v
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) July 1, 2022
Ron DeSantis’ ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Goes Into Effect Today as Schools Scramble to Avoid Parental Lawsuits
Even before Republicans in Florida passed Governor Ron DeSantis‘ “Don’t Say Gay” bill some defenders of the anti-LGBTQ legislation insisted it applied only to kindergarten through third grade, and that anyone who opposed the bill – as the governor’s official spokesperson charged – was “probably a groomer.”
But LGBTQ advocates, activists, and supporters made clear the purposefully broad and vague language in the bill and the threat inserted into the legislation allowing parents to sue for perceived violations would have a chilling effect.
They were right.
The “Don’t Say Gay” law, officially the “Parental Rights in Education” law, goes into effect today, July 1, after DeSantis, at an event held at a charter school exempt from the legislation in March, surrounded by young children, talked about the bill and signed it into law.
Educators across the state’s 67 school districts are seeing just how extensive it is being interpreted and implemented, given the near-total lack of guidance from the DeSantis administration.
In March, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued a warning to Florida, saying “The Department of Education has made clear that all schools receiving federal funding must follow federal civil rights law, including Title IX’s protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“We stand with our LGBTQ+ students in Florida and across the country, and urge Florida leaders to make sure all their students are protected and supported,” he said.
But aside from that broadside, the federal government appears to be taking a wait-and-see approach.
Meanwhile, reports from across Florida say districts’ legal counsel have warned that teachers should remove LGBTQ supportive materials, including rainbow and pride stickers, and even stickers denoting a particular classroom is a “safe space,” They have warned teachers should not wear anything with a rainbow and should remove any family photos if they include a same-sex spouse or partner. That same warning did not go to teachers with different-sex spouses or partners, leading some legal experts to warn of constitutional violations.
LGBTQ teachers, especially those who teach students in grades K-3, have also been warned to not discuss their family lives or even mention same-sex spouses or partners. And teachers and other school officials have been directed to look for anything LGBTQ-related, including books in school libraries.
But it hasn’t stopped there. Teachers have been told they are required to report – “out” – any student who comes out as LGBTQ.
Spectrum News reports Florida’s Orange County Public Schools “held a legal camp for 600 principals, vice-principals, and junior administrators,” specifically telling them, “Teachers must notify parents if a student comes out as gay to them.” Not an administrator, but a teacher.
ABC affiliate WFTV reports that Orange County Teachers’ Association (CTA) says “teachers will have to report to parents if a student ‘comes out’ to them and they must use pronouns assigned at birth, regardless of what the parents allow.”
Elsewhere in Florida, if there are questions about a student’s gender identity before or during overnight school trips that student will be outed not only to their own parents but to the parents of all the students in their class.
NBC News reports on Tuesday “the Leon County School Board unanimously approved its “LGBTQ Inclusive School Guide,” which includes a provision to alert parents if a student who is ‘open about their gender identity’ is in their child’s physical education class or with them on an overnight school trip.”
“Upon notification or determination of a student who is open about their gender identity, parents of the affected students will be notified of reasonable accommodation options available,” NBC reports the guidelines read. “Parents or students who have concerns about rooming assignments for their student’s upcoming overnight event based on religious or privacy concerns may request an accommodation.”
NBC also reports that in late May, “the School District of Palm Beach County sent out a questionnaire asking its teachers to review all course material and flag any books with references to sexual orientation, gender identity or race, said a Palm Beach County high school special education teacher, Michael Woods. Several weeks previously, the district removed two books — ‘I Am Jazz’ and ‘Call Me Max’ — that touch upon gender identity, he said.”
‘Committee’s Definitely Got Something’: Legal Experts Claim Threat of Wire Fraud Charges Loom Over Trump and Aides
In conversations with the Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger, two former officials in the Department of Justice suggested that specific evidence revealed in the Jan. 6th committee’s investigation of Donald Trump provides a roadmap that could lead to wire fraud charges against members of Donald Trump’s campaign officials and possibly the former president too.
At issue is the preponderance of evidence that Trump and his aides were well aware that he had lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden on election night and yet sent out a flood of requests for donations maintaining the election results were fraudulent.
As the report notes, “That same day, the Trump campaign sent a fundraising email claiming that ‘President Trump will easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with only legal votes cast.’ The solicitation called on supporters to donate any dollar amount and join something called the ‘Election Defense Task Force.’ The campaign, it said, was ‘counting on members to help [Trump] fight back and secure FOUR MORE YEARS.'”
Pointing out that legal experts believe that evidence contains the “ingredients for possible federal charges against officials with the campaign and the Republican National Committee—as well as Trump himself,” Sollenberger first spoke with former U.S. attorney Barb McQuade, who said wire fraud cases are a specialty of U.S. attorney’s offices.
“If it can be shown that Trump or others sent an email asking for money for one purpose, and then used it for another, that could constitute fraud, regardless of whether it can be proved that they knew the election had not been stolen,” she explained.
Her view was bolstered by Natalie Adams, who previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, who bluntly stated, “the committee’s definitely got something.”
Speaking with the Beast, she elaborated, “It’s not whether you know something absolutely for sure. It’s if it’s ‘reasonably foreseeable’ to you that people will believe promises and statements that you either know aren’t true, or are reckless or deceptive, which you are trying to use to get something of value.”
According to Adams, there is a wire fraud conspiracy case to be made — which could sweep up the former president as a co-conspirator.
“With conspiracy, you don’t necessarily have to commit an overt act. And jury instructions don’t require proof of a formal agreement, because criminal actors avoid doing that,” she explained. “But if people work together and profit from it, it’s helpful to show who had the access and opportunity to review those communications, and who would be likely to know by virtue of their job what is ‘reasonably foreseeable’ to occur, who are charged with vetting the truth of statements, and so on.”
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