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When Tennessee State Rep. Richard Floyd (R-Chattanooga) read about the saleswoman who was fired for bullying a trans woman in a Macy’s changing room, he flew into a blackout rage.
Oh, not against the bigoted staffer—against the trans woman who dared pollute the sacredness of a department store dressing room.
So Floyd introduced a House bill that would require transgender people to use the designated bathroom of their birth sex. It would also, whether intentionally or not, make it illegal for parents to take a child of a different sex into a public bathroom or changing room. Same with caregivers to opposite-sex disabled people.
But that alone isn’t enough to get him crowned Douche of the Week.
He assured his victory by inciting violence against transgender people, telling the Times Free Press:
“…if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there – I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there—I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry. ”
Now before you ask, we had to look up the term “mudhole” too.
According to FreeDictionary.com, it’s “a hole, or hollow place, containing mud, as in a road.”
That’s awful random. Maybe he was referring to this definition?
Floyd’s rant to the Times Free Press gets worse:
“Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk. We cannot continue to let these people dominate how society acts and reacts. Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.
“The potential for pedophiles and molesters to come into the restroom and claim the same thing, that they think they’re of the opposite sex and they think they’re something else, something they’re not, they can do the same thing that transgender people do.”
Except Macy’s has a policy allowing trans people to use the dressing room of their choice and molesters aren’t kicking in the door to abuse it. It’s just not happening. (Of course, if Floyd did carry out his threat of violence, we hope it’d be against this kind of trans woman.)
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like this insanity will go too far: Tennessee State Sen. Bo Watson withdrew the Senate version of the bill, saying “I understand Rep. Floyd’s passion about the issue, but we have more pressing issues before us that we need to focus our attention on and we don’t need to get sidetracked.”
Sen. Watson, you’re totally right. As for Rep. Floyd?
All together now: What a douche!
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