This week on the campaign trail, Ben Carson proposed transgender people get their own bathrooms, Mike Huckabee advocated for “personhood” laws, and Hillary Clinton met with families who lost their children to police violence.
Ben Carson Calls for Trans People to Have Separate Bathrooms to Avoid Making Other People Uncomfortable
Speaking with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos about the failed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) during a Thursday interview, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that transgender people should have their own restrooms: “How about we have a transgender bathroom?” Carson suggested. “It’s not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable.”
Carson went on to claim that measures like HERO grant LGBTQ people “extra rights” over the rest of the population. “It’s one of the things that I don’t particularly like about the [LGBTQ] movement. I think everybody has equal rights, but I’m not sure that anybody should have extra rights—extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else,” Carson said.
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The Humans Rights Campaign (HRC) condemned Carson’s comments in a statement outlining the candidate’s factually incorrect rhetoric about transgender people. “Ben Carson’s hateful comments are out of touch and all candidates should immediately make clear that they disavow his dangerously transphobic views,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Ben Carson can’t go a week without invoking reckless and irresponsible stereotypes about the LGBT community, and his suggestion that transgender people be required to use segregated bathrooms echoes an ugly past our country should never revisit.”
Mike Huckabee Advocates for Using “Personhood” Laws to Outlaw Abortion
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee invoked radical “personhood” laws as a solution for criminalizing abortion, advocating for using the Fifth and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution in order to outlaw the procedure.
Personhood measures have been repeatedly rejected by voters across the country, including in Colorado.
Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday at “Freedom 2015,” hosted by the the National Religious Liberties Conference, an event organized by a notorious anti-LGBTQ pastor and radio host, Huckabee claimed that the United States has “acted like a savage uncivilized country” in allowing abortion under Roe v. Wade.
Redefining a fetus as a person under the law, the GOP presidential candidate said, would allow conservatives to bypass a new constitutional amendment or overturn Roe. Huckabee claimed that anti-choice advocates have been going about their fight “the wrong way.”
“What we have not done is what we should be doing and what I would do, which is to say we would invoke the Fifth and 14th Amendment as it relates to this issue. Because here’s the fact: We don’t have to pass a constitutional amendment. We already have two of them,” said Huckabee.
“The Fifth Amendment says that you cannot deprive a person of life or liberty without due process. And the 14th Amendment says that everybody has equal protection under the law. There is but one question to be resolved—is the unborn child a person or just a blob of tissue? If a blob of tissue, then it has no constitutional rights. If the unborn child is in fact a person, no need to pass a new amendment.”
Hillary Clinton Meets With Families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Jordan Davis
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met this week with families from across the country who lost relatives to gun violence.
At a two-hour meeting in Chicago on Monday, Clinton sat down with the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Jordan Davis in the midst of the former secretary of state’s push to address criminal justice and gun reform as part of her presidential campaign.
The mothers of the victims said that “Clinton did not make any explicit promises to them, but did pledge to stay engaged in their causes and work on criminal justice reform,” according to CNN.
Speaking about the meeting with People magazine, Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, said that “[Clinton] seemed genuinely passionate and enthusiastic about meeting us. Secretary Clinton sat at a table with ten mothers, and some of us had stories about the loss of a child to police brutality; others talked about losing a child to senseless gun violence in neighborhoods that have sometimes three or four murders a night.”