Brian Kilmeade, Ken Paxton (Credit: Fox News)

Texas Attorney General tells Fox & Friends that transgender "Bathroom Battle" is "about men deciding to be women and switching back the next day"

It's almost as if they're fundamentally misunderstanding what "transgender" means on purpose


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 26, 2016 6:06PM (UTC)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday morning to discuss his state's plan to sue the federal government over President Barack Obama's directive demanding schools allow transgender students use the bathroom of their choice or risk losing federal funding.

"Ken," Brian Kilmeade smarmily opened the segment, "you're supposed to show tolerance and acceptance, you're supposed to do what the government tells you to do, shouldn't you?"

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Paxton said that "the problem here is that the law is the law, and if you want to change the law, it shouldn't be the president, it should be Congress. Our argument is that this is a political battle, and it shouldn't be determined by one person in the White House."

Still in a sarcastic vein, Kilmeade replied, "But it's discriminatory against the transgenders in your school districts!"

"This is a solution in search of a problem," Paxton said, "because this guideline doesn't address any particular problem. They haven't been very specific about what they're trying to solve."

Moreover, he added, "this opens the door to all kinds of issues with men deciding one day to be women and switching back the next day" -- a statement which clearly outlines the depth of his knowledge about transgender identity.

Watch the entire ignorant display below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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