What Donald Trump’s transphobia really means for women’s sport
Former President Donald Trump’s first Sunday speech, twice impeached since he left office, was a stark reminder of the Republican Party who really leads them. His message to Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., cut-and-pasted from the platform that won it 74 million votes last November, resonated strongly with the audience of jubilant, mostly unmasked right-winger audiences. These are the Americans the GOP hopes to put the Republicans back into power next year.
The party is also hedging its bets on whether the divisive issues Trump described in his two-hour spiel will still matter to voters in 2022 and beyond.
Calling it “the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history,” Trump denounced President Biden’s immigration policies, the Iran nuclear deal, and named all Republicans who dared to vote. for his dismissal as political targets. Of course, Trump also threatened to run for re-election in 2024, but not as a third-party candidate. He even urged participants to get vaccinated against Covid-19, which of course allowed him to take credit for their availability.
And in a far more forceful way than he ever did as president, Trump has directly targeted transgender athletes, a subject that energized the Republican base these last weeks.
“Joe Biden and the Democrats advocate policies that would destroy even women’s sport,” his Trump rant began, as the crowd booed. He initially ridiculed the cisgender weightlifters, hinting that they could only lift ounces compared to the transgender female athletes, whom he mocked by pretending to lift weights on the platform.
“Young girls and women are furious that they are now forced to compete with those who are biological males, ”Trump said, using a phrase common to opponents of inclusion who trans advocates say it is used as a weapon of oppression.
“It’s not good for women. It’s not good for women’s sport, which has worked so long and hard to get there. Records that lasted for years, even decades, are now broken, ”he lied. “If that doesn’t change, women’s sport as we know it will die. They will finish. It will end. However, his fear campaign was not carried out.
“I think it’s crazy. I think it’s crazy what’s going on. We must protect the integrity of women’s sport. It is so important. We must.”
Unsurprisingly, these harsh statements align Trump with Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene de Ga., Meaning. Rand Paul from Ky. and Mitt Romney from Utah, who have each denounced the policies of inclusion of trans student-athletes in women’s sport in recent days and weeks. In turn, these politicians are in close collaboration with far-right anti-LGBTQ groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Heritage Foundation and Save Women’s Sports, as well as conservative publications like The Federalist, Breitbart, The Daily Caller and of course, Fox News.
As NBC News reported, these forces united in coordinated efforts across the country to enact laws in nearly two dozen states, seeking to ban healthcare for transgender people, ban competitions for trans student-athletes, force genital inspections of girls deemed suspicious of being male and, most shockingly of all, criminalize gender transition . A list of all anti-trans legislation under review is available at transathlete.com, a site created and managed by our athlete Chris Mosier.
Trump’s decision to weigh in on this issue, as the equality law comes under scrutiny by the U.S. Senate, is redefining the battle lines in the fight against women’s sport, perhaps more clearly than ever. Conservatives, anti-transgender lesbians, radical trans-exclusionist feminists, and right-wing religious groups are all on the same side as the QAnon conspiracyists, Trump supporters and those who falsely claim that equal rights for all Americans somehow erased their constitutional right to practice the First Amendment. their faith as they see fit. If enacted, the amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would not interfere with anyone’s religious freedom, as long as they did not discriminate against their fellow citizens on the basis of who they are.
These extremely diverse groups are now allies with Trump in their fight against liberals, progressives, independents, and even some Republicans who have sided with trans-inclusive feminist equality advocates and religious leaders in favor of gender equality. Equality Act, the Democratic Party’s platform and President Biden.
In the middle are female athletes, both cisgender and transgender. Overwhelming majority tell LGBTQ sports site Outdoor sports they agree that transgender women are women and should continue to compete based on their authentic gender identity.
These women know that trans athletes don’t always win. They recognize that no trans woman has ever dominated a single sport, ever. No trans athlete, male or female, has even qualified for the Olympics, let alone competing, in all the years that trans athletes have been allowed to try. They know that what wins scholarships and medals is courage, determination and giving your best, not where you stand in a race or what’s in between. legs of an athlete.
If trans athletes being allowed to compete is really the threat according to Trump and other opponents, these female athletes ask: why hasn’t the NCAA shut down its women’s athletic programs? How come these still exist in 16 states where student-athletes can compete based on their gender identity? Or the 14 states where the rules are strict but it’s not impossible? Also: Why is there no scientific research comparing elite trans athletes to female cis athletes? How can one determine what is fair if the only research done so far is on average trans women, not actual athletes, and not female trans athletes? Why does almost all of the research currently used to argue against inclusion start with the assumption that women are weak and inferior and that trans women are men?
How these questions are answered is what will truly determine the future of women’s sport, not the rants of a narcissistic con artist and disgraced ex-politician who lives in denial of reality.