RNC Day One: Transphobic Rhetoric in Prime Time
Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn launched a vile attack on transgender people during his speech at the Republican National Convention Monday. In his speech, Flynn said, “War is not about bathrooms. War is not about political correctness or words that are meaningless."
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Flynn’s attack is sadly consistent with the RNC platform, the most anti-LGBTQ in history, and positions of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence.
Embedded in the RNC platform’s anti-equality provisions are statements supporting discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ bills in North Carolina and Mississippi targeting the transgender community. The platform in two separate sections calls for legislation to prevent transgender people from “using public restrooms that align with their gender identity,” arguing speciously that it is “illegal and dangerous” and “alien to America’s history and traditions.”
The Obama Administration’s historic end of the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving openly in the military was also attacked by the platform committee, which crafted absurd language warning against the “modification or lessening of standards” throughout the military.
Trump is on the record in support of North Carolina’s HB2, saying, “I’m going with the state. The state, they know what’s going on, they see what’s happening and generally speaking I’m with the state on things like this. I’ve spoken with your governor, I’ve spoken with a lot of people and I’m going with the state.” Trump previously told Sean Hannity that when it comes to laws like North Carolina’s HB2, Trump said he would “leave it up to the states.”
Other speakers Monday included three U.S. Senators who have opposed LGBTQ equality throughout their political careers: Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Joni Ernst (R-IA). All voted against the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), which would prohibit LGBTQ discrimination in public schools.
Trump has reaffirmed his opposition to transgender equality, appeared alongside Tony Perkins -- leader of SPLC-designated hate group the Family Research Council -- and delusionally bragged about fictional support from the LGBTQ community in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. His false claims about his own support are belied by his own long record of opposing LGBTQ equality.
For more on Trump and Pence’s opposition to LGBTQ equality, click here.