April 17, 2021

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Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted for attacking colleague’s transgender daughter: ‘Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel’ – The Washington Post

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“Our neighbor, [Greene], tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is ‘disgusting, immoral, and evil,’” Newman, who has a transgender daughter, wrote on Twitter with a video of her hanging the flag. “Thought we’d put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door.”

“Thought we’d put up ours so [Newman] can look at it every time she opens her door,” Greene said.

The exchange quickly went viral, leading critics to accuse Greene of cruelty directly aimed at Newman’s family — the latest bit of outrage spurred by a House member who has espoused QAnon’s baseless theories and falsely suggested that former president Donald Trump’s supporters were not present at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Newman’s fellow Illinois Democrat, Rep. Sean Casten, called Greene’s poster “sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel.”

“This hate is exactly why the #EqualityAct is necessary and what we must protect [Newman’s] daughter and all our LGBTQ+ loved ones against,” he said in a tweet.

The Equality Act has strong Democratic backing in the House and Senate, and a past iteration of the bill drew support from a small number of Republicans. But many Republicans — from moderates like Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) to hard-liners like Greene — oppose the bill and argue it would threaten religious liberties.

Greene tried to delay a House vote on the bill on Wednesday by making a motion to adjourn so that her colleagues could “rethink destroying #WomensRights and #WomensSports and #ReligiousFreedom,” she said in a tweet. She had already been attacked by Democrats for trying to block the vote instead of simply voting no on the bill.

Newman, a freshman congresswoman who has been a passionate champion for the Equality Act, said she ran for office to make the world a better place for her daughter, Evie. On Wednesday, she gave an emotional speech on the House floor that was shared widely on social media.

I rise today on behalf of the millions of Americans who continue to be denied housing, education, public services and much, much more because they identify as members of the LGBTQ community,” Newman said. “Americans like my own daughter, who years ago bravely came out to her parents as transgender. I knew from that day on, my daughter would be living in a nation where [in] most of its states, she could be discriminated against, merely because of who she is.”

In addition to hanging an anti-trans sign outside Newman’s office on Wednesday, Greene also tweeted a personal attack in which she refused to refer to the Illinois congresswoman’s daughter as a woman. The afternoon exchange sparked a new round of harsh blowback for the Georgia Republican.

“This is sad and I’m sorry this happened,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who has been a vocal critic of the party’s far-right wing, tweeted Wednesday night. “Rep. Newmans daughter is transgender, and this video and tweet represents the hate and fame driven politics of self-promotion at all evil costs. This garbage must end.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) challenged Greene for citing science in her claim that only two genders exist.

“Your sign is incorrect because it’s not what the science says,” Lieu tweeted Wednesday evening, quoting a Scientific American column that concludes, “The science is clear and conclusive: sex is not binary, transgender people are real.”

The criticism of Greene also came from beyond the confines of the Capitol building. Many activists and political commentators denounced her actions, including the conservative CNN contributor S.E. Cupp.

“Rep. Newman’s daughter is transgender,” Cupp said in response to Greene’s video. “Public servants of good faith argue policy. Ghouls who believe they’re only representing themselves, not actual people, get personal and nasty.”

Despite Republican efforts to combat the bill, it is likely that the Democrat-controlled House will pass the Equality Act. Newman will certainly be among the lawmakers voting in favor of the bill.

“Without the Equality Act, this nation will never live up to its principles of freedom and equality,” Newman said on the House floor on Wednesday afternoon. “The best time to pass this act was decades ago. The second best time is right now. I’m voting yes on the Equality Act for Evie Newman, my daughter and the strongest, bravest person I know.”

If the legislation succeeds in the House, it will move on to the Senate, where it could pass but may be challenged with a filibuster if Democrats cannot persuade 10 Republicans to join them. President Biden has already said he would sign the bill into law if it is passed.

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