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Mike Huckabee Uses His Fox Show To Spout False Information About Trans People And Gender Identity - VIDEO

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Failed Republican presidential candidate and current Fox News pundit Mike Huckabee recently joined the growing chorus of conservative talking heads that disapprove of California's new legal protections for trans public school students. On last night's episode of Huckabee, the show's eponymous host briefly mentioned the fact that advocates pushed this legislation through in order to better addressed the bullying and harassment faced by trans students. Rather than seize the opportunity to discuss the issue in depth, however, he instead chose to engage in a bit of ignorant banter with guest Karen England of the Capitol Resource Institute. Both took turns spouting many of the same inane counter-arguments already expressed by previous opponents of the new law. 

"I'm having a hard time, thinking back to my school days, that a biological boy going into the girls' restroom would be less subject to being ridiculed and bullied than not," said Huckabee, trying his best to seem sympathetic to the plight of trans students. That was a sufficient set up for England, who claimed that:

"Current law is sufficient. This is very extreme, very radical, that they are going to let boys wake up one day, decide that they're girls, and let them have access to our restrooms and our locker rooms in all of our public schools in California. This is for kindergarteners as well as high schoolers."

Slam Dunk for EqualityHuckabee jumped in immediately afterward, saying that the new law establishes no standard for how a student can establish their gender identity:

"If the child...a boy...walks in and says 'you know what, I really am feeling my girl's side, he gets to go shower with the girls when he's 14. I mean, I'm just thinking of all the 14-year-old boys I went to school with, and how many of them would have awakened with that revelation." 

Of course, Huckabee is no expert in gender identity issues, and according to Equality Matters, neither is England:

"Her career has been devoted to right-wing politics. If she were familiar with the findings of the American Academy of Pediatrics - which reports that gender identity is generally established by about age four - she may not have been so shocked that the new law 'is for kindergarteners as well as high schoolers.' Moreover, England would also have recognized that boys won't simply "wake up one day [and] decide that they're girls." Not only do scientific findings rebut such claims, they also have no empirical basis. School districts that have enacted similar protections have reported no instances of inappropriate bathroom behavior."

Thus, the familiar "bathroom panic" defense commonly used by a variety of anti-trans activists appears to be nothing more than a red herring. 

Watch the full exchange AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I guess Mike doesn't know they never take showers any more. Unfortunately, for many reasons.

    Posted by: emjayay | Aug 19, 2013 7:39:15 PM

  2. Huckabee has the mental acuity of a Pez dispenser...that's been run over by a train...elevety-seven the rain.

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 19, 2013 8:05:22 PM

  3. I know almost nothing about trangender issues, and I still know a billion times more than these assholes.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Aug 19, 2013 8:21:24 PM

  4. GEE, Who would have thought that a fundamentalist bible thumper from Arkansas would be preaching B.S.?????

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 19, 2013 8:30:22 PM

  5. All cis males are scum!

    Posted by: DoMANique | Aug 19, 2013 8:38:59 PM

  6. You mean the Reverend Fatass isn't an ally?! I'm shocked!

    What's scary about Huckabee is his ability to seem personable and warm even when he's spreading hate. It's a valuable talent in a huckster Huckabee.

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 19, 2013 8:48:36 PM

  7. The California law may seem too radical to him because as Dorothy said "We are not in (Ar)Kansas anymore"

    Posted by: simon | Aug 19, 2013 8:54:19 PM

  8. When all else fails in the repug mantra, start spouting the ridiculous arguments that this effing idiot espouses. What a loser he is.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Aug 19, 2013 9:08:50 PM

  9. Mike auto-erotic know those right wingers are a bunch of pervs.

    Posted by: Robert | Aug 19, 2013 9:18:44 PM

  10. Enough with all of this trans crap. Half this site is now about trannies. Is this a trans blog? Keep it up Towleroad and lose your readers.

    Posted by: Finn | Aug 19, 2013 9:31:20 PM

  11. @Finn AMEN! Enough gender-fail drivel.

    Posted by: SquareBiz | Aug 19, 2013 9:41:29 PM

  12. @Domanique: no, they aren't. They may have to highest number of transphobia, but condemning a population based on the actions of a subset of that population is bigotry, and it doesn't help anyone's cause.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 19, 2013 9:50:58 PM

  13. Woman who hasn't been laid in a decade says what?

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 19, 2013 10:12:38 PM

  14. It is his show. You really should get your own show Andy.

    Posted by: GB | Aug 19, 2013 10:31:40 PM

  15. He's a Baptist minister. They gave up on truth years ago.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Aug 19, 2013 10:44:09 PM

  16. We are really tired of the one-sided trans propaganda constantly being shoveled at this formerly interesting site. Just because we are not interested in changing our sex, does not mean we are bigots. Go ahead, Andy, keep it up, you are already losing readership. As for this law, it is extremely radical and open-ended with zero accountability. When it blows up in the Dems' faces, it won't be pretty.

    Posted by: tom | Aug 19, 2013 11:33:33 PM

  17. Huckabee is as anti-gay as he is anti-trans, yet some TR readers are so transphobiic themselves that suddenly they see eye-to-eye with idiots like Huckabee.

    The law is not at all radical, except to people like Huckabee, who is as equally clueless about gender issues as he is about sexuality issues.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 20, 2013 12:04:24 AM

  18. Judging from this site, being gay consists primarily of the accumulation of abs, bad music, and slights, not necessarily in that order.

    Oooh! Which imbecile said something bad about me today? It's time to apply my Andrew Christian crushed velvet nipple clamps and revel in how misunderstood, ill used, and unappreciated I am.

    Posted by: Bryan | Aug 20, 2013 12:09:43 AM

  19. Give me a break Tom, quit acting like you are one of us! Your lack of compassion, stupid logic and the Dems comment outed you as a right winger. Get a life.

    Posted by: CALLING OUT TOM | Aug 20, 2013 12:29:44 AM

  20. why give this fool, among the many, space here!

    Posted by: L Goethe | Aug 20, 2013 4:10:53 AM

  21. Is this a trans website?

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 20, 2013 5:10:34 AM

  22. Huckabee a liar? who'd believe it?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Aug 20, 2013 5:19:52 AM

  23. This type of conversation is childish in and of itself. Who in the world has ever woken up in the morning and decided they were another gender? People with low IQs are really starting to get on my nerves.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 20, 2013 7:39:57 AM

  24. All cis people need to be rounded up! They're only good for one thing!

    Posted by: DoMANique | Aug 20, 2013 9:42:54 AM

  25. See, now that the right-wing REthugnicans can no longer win the battle against LGBT, they have to move their hate toward a group 'not protected'.

    Transgender. It's like their last Hurrah for genocide.

    I told my spouse this the day that the Supreme Court ruled Prop. 8 and DOMA sec. Unconstitutional. I they will go after the T's.

    And right on time, Douchebaggers like Mike 'be my' Huckleberry showed up to start the Reich-Wing Hate Machine against transgendered folk.

    Mikey; One day your 'god' will ask you why you Bore False Witness against millions of people? And your ONLY answer will be...For ratings.

    That is if you actually BELIEVE in a god.

    By your actions it is clear you do not.

    Posted by: dean | Aug 20, 2013 10:22:30 AM

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