The Republican hysteria over LGBT people, bathrooms, and lady parts reached a new level of hypocrisy as they bent over backwards to defend their very own serial child molester.
The homophobic and sexually repressed right-wing loons have been trying to outdo each other in what appears to be a state-by-state competition of who can come up with the most outrageous and degrading laws in respect to pretty much anyone who isn’t a straight man.
For some of these bigots, bathroom bills were only the first step. The Alabama town of Oxford took it up a notch and passed a bill that essentially says transgender Americans shouldn’t be allowed to use public bathrooms at all.
And guess what? Ted Cruz, who incidentally is campaigning to be president of the United States, agrees. In fact, during a press conference Cruz said that transgender people should just pee at home.
Every one of us has the right to live our lives as we wish. If any one of us wants to dress up as a woman or man and wants to live as woman or man and believes that we might be something other than what we were born, God has made each of us with free will and the ability to choose to do that if man to wants to dress as a woman, and live as a woman, and have a bathroom at home.
When a reporter seeking clarification asked, “So then they shouldn’t use the bathroom out in public,” here’s what Cruz had to say:
You don’t have a right to intrude upon the rights of others because whether or not a man believes he’s a woman, there are a lot of women who would like to be able to use a public restroom in peace without having a man there — and when there are children involved, you don’t have a right to impose your lifestyle on others.
And what about enforcing these laws? Who is responsible for determining whether or not the right person is in the right bathroom? And how exactly does one go about determining that? In the case of one police officer who dragged a woman out of a bathroom, you just have to look at them as was the case in the video below. A woman was removed from a woman’s bathroom for not looking like a girl. That’s not a joke.
In the video below, a male police officer says “You’re a man” to a woman in baggy clothes who, understandably frustrated, says “I’m a f***ing female!” while onlookers insist “She’s a girl!”
“You have ID?” the officer asks. When she says no, he shouts, “Get out! Get out! Out!”
The officer and his partner then gang up on the woman and briefly push her against the wall before forcing her out the door. The outraged videographer says, “You’re saying you have to have ID just to go to the bathroom?”
Yes, you now have to have an ID to go to the bathroom in the United States of America. As shown in the video, you will be stopped and questioned while entering a bathroom if you’re not wearing a dress and have your hair in pigtails or if you don’t fit a cop’s idea of what a woman should look like.
The GOP is obsessed with the female anatomy. So much so that they don’t want anyone talking about it. A Battle Creek, Michigan substitute teacher was fired on Friday for saying the word vagina. She didn’t say it in a vulgar way or to insult anyone. She was teaching art. Actually, she was teaching an art class about Georgia O’Keefe and paintings by Georgia O’Keefe. It’s safe to say that it’s nearly impossible to talk about any of the painter’s works without at least once saying, “Hey wait a minute. That kind of looks like a, well, you know, a V-A-G-I-N-A.” But as far as Harper Creek Community Schools is concerned, if you’re going to talk about Hoo-Haws you need advanced approval, parents need to be warned, and forms need to be filled out.
Thankfully, the local news had no problem using the word. In fact, they used the word several times.
That’s more than can be said for conservative TV. In a FOX news interview, Carly Fiorina and Megyn Kelly discuss the “V-Word” while talking about radio hosts, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz. Two conservative women who can’t even utter the clinical name for a part of their own anatomy.
If there is a winner in this week’s contest for most outrageously tone deaf and ignorant act when it comes republicans the prize would have to go to Oklahoma. A unanimous decision by the state’s criminal appeals court, sparked outrage among critics who say the judicial system was engaged in victim-blaming and buying outdated notions about rape.
The case involved allegations that a 17-year-old boy assaulted a girl, 16, after volunteering to give her a ride home. The two had been drinking in a Tulsa park with a group of friends when it became clear that the girl was badly intoxicated. Witnesses recalled that she had to be carried into the defendant’s car. Another boy, who briefly rode in the car, recalled her coming in and out of consciousness.
The boys dropped the girl off at her grandmother’s home. Still unconscious she was taken to the hospital and after being examined for sexual assault, the boy was charged with forcible oral sodomy. The court, however, saw it differently. They ruled that it wasn’t rape because the girl was drunk. “Forcible sodomy cannot occur where a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation,” the decision read.
This is what a GOP America looks like if you’re a woman, gay, transgender, or pretty much anything except a straight white guy. A country where rape is acceptable if drinking is involved, and it’s okay to drag women out of bathrooms because they don’t meet your personal criteria of grooming and apparel.
Women are scary, gays are scary, transgender people are scary, the female anatomy is scary if you’re a republican. They might even be scarier than Mexicans, Muslims, or black people. What’s not scary to republicans? A serial child molester who was also the Speaker of the House. He’s one of them after all and 40 of them wrote letters to the court in defense of Dennis Hastert. Rep. Tom DeLay, the former House majority whip who helped position Hastert for his role as speaker, wrote that he is a man of “strong faith” and “great integrity.” Hastert got a mere 15 months in jail for raping young boys. But he’s a republican, so we can be pretty sure he’ll get to use whatever bathroom he wants.
Tony Trupiano and I discussed this on our show last week. You can listen to the episode below.
You can also listen to Richard Zombeck with Tony Trupiano on T&Z Talk