‘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.
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Justice Breyer’s Decision to Quote Gettysburg Address and ‘Civil War’ in Retirement Remarks ‘Not by Accident’: Experts
During his unscripted remarks with President Joe Biden at a White House event Thursday to announce his retirement, Justice Stephen Breyer made very specific mention of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, quoting from the iconic president’s famous Civil War-era speech (video below.)
Bloomberg White House reporter Jennnifer Epstein observed the Justice, who will have served for 28 years on the nation’s highest court, held up a copy of the Constitution at one point as he was speaking.
Breyer holds up his pocket Constitution as he discusses his service on the Supreme Court and his retirement plans pic.twitter.com/8YdBRWE932
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 27, 2022
“Please listen carefully,” NBC News Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss urged. “Not by accident did Justice Breyer, in appearance with President Biden, quote Lincoln saying that the nation was ‘engaged in a great Civil War’ and remind us that the American system is always an experiment whose survival must never be taken for granted.”
Former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal calls Breyer’s remarks “brilliant,” and also notes his civil war remarks were not by accident.
A brilliant speech by Justice Breyer just now. It cannot have been an accident that he singled out Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the lines about civil war.
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 27, 2022
Leah Litman, an assistant professor of constitutional law at the University of Michigan observed, “Justice Breyer seems to be … pointedly talking about threats facing the country. and about how future generations will determine and see whether this experiment succeeds.”
The LA Times’ White House reporter Eli Stokols says Justice Breyer was “suggesting America’s still engaged in ‘a civil war’ but expressing optimism that the democratic experiment will endure.”
BREYER: “People have come to accept this Constitution and … the importance of a rule of law … we are now engaged in a great civil war to determine whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure … I am an optimist and I’m pretty sure it will.” pic.twitter.com/9sVo5DKA2d
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 27, 2022
‘Calls for Pelosi to Become President’: Nikki Haley Again Mocked – This Time for Demanding Biden and Harris Resign
Former Trump-era UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is being mocked after she called for both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to resign.
“If Joe Biden loved our country, he would step down and take Kamala Harris with him because the foreign and domestic policy situation is beyond dangerous at this point,” Haley tweeted Thursday.
Haley, who is believed to be a 2024 GOP presidential candidate if Trump does not run, made the same remarks on Fox News one day earlier. Her Twitter page is filled with her own retweets of that story.
Many people, including Bloomberg News White House reporter Jennifer Epstein pointed out that the Speaker of the House is second in line to the presidency.
Haley doubles down on her call for Pelosi to become president. https://t.co/RFJDCOndj4
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 27, 2022
“This is why people don’t take you seriously,” commented The Atlantic’s Molly Jong-Fast.
“You’re a ridiculously silly person,” tweeted best-selling author Benjamin Dreyer, the copy chief at Random House.
Historian Kevin M. Kruse added:
As bad as Fulbright’s idea was, at least it would’ve worked out as he intended.https://t.co/LSU6RTuJq4
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 27, 2022
But political science professor Jeffrey Lazarus got to the bottom of what’s really happening here:
The idea that Democratic control of government is ipso facto illegitimate is becoming increasingly common in Republican circles. https://t.co/EsbTbrhB0P
— Jeffrey Lazarus (@jlazarus001) January 27, 2022
Others also served up scathing responses:
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) January 27, 2022
“Today, due to an overwhelming sense of hyperbole, I announce my resignation.”
— Jarrett Bellini (@JarrettBellini) January 27, 2022
Wow Nikki Haley wants to decapitate our government like Putin does. Again the GOP is not on the side of the USA. https://t.co/BCrJCKvrY2
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 27, 2022
Mainstream media’s “serious” Republican has a few “serious” words on foreign policy: https://t.co/Gp4DZVXo95
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) January 27, 2022
This is just so monumentally stupid and hypocritical that I don’t even know where to start. https://t.co/C57u1NSUxf
— Brian Rosenwald (@brianros1) January 27, 2022
You betrayed our country for Donald Trump and Putin. And you still do their bidding.
— Mikko Alanne (@MikkoAlanne) January 27, 2022
Might be time to admit that Haley was never a serious person. https://t.co/npLgF8UkKC
— @DukeStJournal (@DukeStJournal) January 27, 2022
Please explain in detail what they have done that is worse than the last 4 years both domestically and abroad. Nikki Haley wants to put Pelosi in charge. The GOP doesn’t even know why they are attacking anymore. It’s like they have a random outrage generator they click every day https://t.co/QYyPKeB3Zr
— Russell Foster for Texas (@RussellFosterTX) January 27, 2022
I did not expect to see Nikki Haley endorsing Nancy Pelosi for president but here we are https://t.co/ee3i3ESaz0
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) January 27, 2022
— tré easton (@treeaston) January 27, 2022
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
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Getting right to the point, the Post’s Jane Musgrave wrote, “Despite insisting he wants the public to know why serial molester Jeffrey Epstein escaped serious punishment 15 years ago, Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts Joe Abruzzo wants to punish The Palm Beach Post for trying to open secret records that could do just that.”
As the report notes, Abruzzo employed the Tampa law firm belonging to Shane Vogt to fight the request at a cost of $32,794 and, in a motion before Circuit Judge Donald Hafele, seeks double that plus additional costs.
At issue are the grand jury transcripts that the Florida lawmaker successfully kept away from the paper.
Explaining the Post’s case, Musgrave wrote, “The newspaper went to court after records showed only one teen was called to testify to the grand jury even though dozens told police Epstein sexually abused them at his Palm Beach mansion.”
“Further, sources familiar with the grand jury proceedings said the 14-year-old girl was vilified by state prosecutors,” she added. “Rather than focus on her claims of abuse, lieutenants for then-State Attorney Barry Krischer quizzed her about her online social media posts where she talked about drinking and boys, they said.”
The report continued, “In court papers, The Post’s attorneys argued that releasing the records would reveal what happened and whether Krischer bowed to pressure from Epstein’s high-octane defense team.”
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