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Hypocrite Trump Surrogate Dan Patrick Calls for Passing an Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Dallas Morning News is rightfully mocking Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick today for displaying the astounding level of hypocrisy we all knew was coming.

Patrick, who ardently supports a sexual predator for president, has called on the state legislature to pass a so-called "bathroom bill," like the one passed in North Carolina, that would ban transgender individuals from using a restroom that corresponds with the gender they identify as and prohibit cities from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances.

“It’s not about the transgender issue, it’s not about discrimination, it’s about protecting women,” Patrick said.

If a local law allows men to go into a women’s bathroom “because of the way they feel,” criminals will have a new opening, he said.

“We will not be able to stop sexual predators from taking advantage of that law like sexual predators take advantage of the internet,” Patrick said. “Forget the privacy and the comfort, we will have women abused, attacked and assaulted -- not by transgender people, by sexual predators.

Donald Trump has confessed to sexually assaulting women.

Donald Trump has confessed to walking into dressing rooms full of naked women and teenagers.

Dan Patrick supports Trump for president.

Patrick says this isn't about discrimination, but we already have laws on the books to protect people from sexual predators. It's already against the law to assault someone. Passing a new law that says, without evidence, that transgender people represent a unique threat is discrimination. It's transphobia. It's unconstitutional.

Patrick, like most of his colleagues in the discrimination business, have seemingly overlooked or discounted the existence of transgender men. They paternalisticly single out transgender women and label them as potential predators who may assault cisgender women, but transgender men rarely if ever factor into their paranoia.

There's a very high chance Patrick and most other transphobes have actually entered a public restroom alongside a transgender man at some point in their lives, but they were none the wiser because transgender men are not women and some do not even remotely resemble women. In many cases the idea of identifying someone's gender by looks alone is inappropriate and inapplicable, but Patrick's bathroom bill invites the kind of visual scrutiny that no one is an authority on.

While transgender men and women currently use restrooms that are appropriate for them, if Patrick has his way they could be forced into inappropriate restrooms and that will make them targets for violence and further discrimination.

Patrick and his colleagues won't be happy until transgender people are legislated out of public life.

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  • Aynwrong

    “What a nasty man…”

  • GrafZeppelin127

    If a local law allows men to go into a women’s bathroom “because of the way they feel,”…

    No amount of education or enlightenment will ever get these pants-wetting cro magnon asshats to understand that (a.) transgender women are not “men”; and (b.) being transgender is not “the way they feel.”

    • Ann Nonemos

      You realize you just made a natural rights argument (contorted though it may be) that you denied the other day, right?

      • GrafZeppelin127

        Actually I did neither of those things, but your delusional, convoluted, wishful thinking remains as amusing as ever.

        • Ann Nonemos

          Calling something “nonsense” constitutes a denial. You did that. What you did above constitutes a natural rights argument.

          You don’t seem to know what a natural rights argument is, so denying that which you don’t understand, senseless as that is, is about all I can expect from you. If you don’t know what it is, how do you know if you made it or not?

          • GrafZeppelin127

            You don’t seem to know the difference between what is true, and what you wish to believe. As the great Charlie Pierce put it just the other day, you’re “so convinced of [your] own righteousness that [you’re] blind to [your] own cartwheeling ignorance.”

            But, do go on; self-admiration of this caliber is truly rare around these parts.

          • Ann Nonemos

            I don’t know or care who Charlie Pierce is, but, as I’ve had to tell you on numerous occasions, reasserting a “nuh-uh” is not an argument. Nor is underlining various words. Nor are your (unsupported and false) suppositions about my self estimation. But do continue digging a hole for yourself. You’re doing great!

          • GrafZeppelin127

            You seem to be under the delusion that I am somehow obligated to present an “argument” to you, and that your approval thereof is holds any meaning or consequence for me.

            Fascinating. Truly remarkable. Do go on.

          • Ann Nonemos

            You seem to be under the delusion that you can read. Where did I even imply such a thing? I didn’t. I don’t require an answer of you – you’re free to play the fool all day long if you like.

          • GrafZeppelin127

            Well, then perhaps you can explain to the assemblage here (who will proceed to decide for themselves which of us is “play[ing] the fool”) why you came chasing after me the next day on a different blog on a different topic just to remind me that this or that, quote, “is not an argument,” and what the point of saying that might be.

            This should be awesome.

          • Seems you have a pseudo-intellectual “stalker”. Isn’t it strange that they always think we have to answer their questions? As if what he or she thinks about our opinion actually matters. Carry on, dear Graf, carry on.

          • GrafZeppelin127

            Check out this person’s comment history. Brother Charles’ description is perfect.

          • Aynwrong

            Do we have another Heston Churchill Jr. lurking around our little corner of the internet again?

          • GrafZeppelin127

            No; he/she/it is probably stalking me through Disqus. Still has a bug up his/her/its ass from an exchange about abortion and civil rights yesterday. Check it out, if you have the stomach.

          • Aynwrong

            No thanks.

          • Blech, now I need brain bleach.

    • Aynwrong

      Cro magnons aren’t as bad these asshats. Didn’t you ever watch Sliders?

      • GrafZeppelin127

        No. 🙂