Red state legislators have targeted trans youth, in part, because they’re much less likely to receive substantive pushback for it

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer/biden-trans-people-brave-equality-act

Earlier this month, I came across the following tweet:


As the Transgender Day of Visibility approaches, the far right is reminding us why this day is still so necessary. Over the past few months, they have launched a coordinated, nationwide assault on trans youth that would criminalize supportive health care and prohibit trans girls from competing in sports in school. There is everything wrong with this campaign. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s recent stupid, nasty stunt notwithstanding, it ignores science. It dismisses the expertise of health care providers and the wishes of many parents. More importantly, it invalidates the lived experience of members of one of the nation’s most vulnerable…


As the Transgender Day of Visibility approaches, the far right is reminding us why this day is still so necessary. Over the past few months, they have launched a coordinated, nationwide assault on trans youth that would criminalize supportive health care and prohibit them, and in particular trans girls, from competing in sports in school. There is everything wrong with this campaign. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s recent stupid, nasty stunt notwithstanding, it ignores science. It dismisses the expertise of health care providers and the wishes of many parents. More importantly, it invalidates the lived experience of members of one of…


Judge Barrett and VP Pence arrive at Capitol (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 29, 2020)
Judge Barrett and VP Pence arrive at Capitol (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 29, 2020)

“There’s something happening here…”

Dear Senator Toomey:

I am writing you concerning the upcoming confirmation vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. I won’t dwell on the gross hypocrisy of the decision to try to ram this nomination through in the five weeks before the election four years after the GOP-controlled Senate’s unprecedented (and anti-democratic) refusal to give Obama nominee Merrick Garland a hearing in the ten months before the previous presidential election. Nor will I dwell on the Senate Majority Leader’s public statement just two hours after…


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8223017/Thousands-protest-Michigan-state-Capitol-against-states-stay-home-orders.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8223017/Thousands-protest-Michigan-state-Capitol-against-states-stay-home-orders.htm
Michigan stay-at-home protesters, April 15, 2020

When the stay-at-home/social distancing “protests” started, I wondered why they were receiving so much attention from MSM. As was frequently pointed out, the people engaged in them represent a small minority of the country. Most support the stay-at-home orders, and agree that opening the country too soon would be a potentially catastrophic move. Why amplify this contrary message by giving it all that airtime?

On reflection, though, the disproportionate coverage makes perfect sense. For starters, the protests are newsworthy both as expressions of civil unrest linked to POTUS’s inconsistent messaging on the topic, and where the abuse of the Second…


Trump at 2019 CPAC, New York Post

Donald Trump has a thing for the American flag when he’s at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Last year, he hugged it on his way to the podium, an act widely remarked on in coverage of his appearance. This year, he restrained himself until the end of his speech, but then managed to top his previous performance by adding a kiss and mouthing repeatedly, “I love you, baby,” with an expression somewhere on the sexual arousal continuum. The crowd went bananas. Supporters like the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America fawned on social media:


Echo chamber

Much was made of Robert Mueller’s mien during his July 24 testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees: how he seemed, to quote Rachel Maddow from her interview with Intel chair Adam Schiff that night, “old…less vital.” This was something I picked up on listening to the hearings on NPR that day as I drove to New England to visit my sister. (When I saw video highlights that night, I was surprised by the intensity of Mueller’s gaze as he focused on his questioners.) Unsurprisingly, enablers and followers of POTUS were less charitable. …

Anastasia Walker

I’m a Pgh-based writer and scholar. https://anastasiaswalker.blogspot.com/

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