Conservative podcast host Charlie Kirk has a new theory correlating rising inflation in the US to the transgender movement, saying “they’re exactly the same”.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Charlie Kirk Show, the host said the country’s “trans issue” is really “a reality issue,” adding that people aren’t allowed to change their own reality. Without explaining it clearly, Kirk said there is a direct link between inflation and transgender identity.
Kirk begins by saying that poor people can’t ever say “I’m rich” and it becomes true. He added that there must be evidence to know if someone is rich or poor. He then linked this ideology to trans people.
“And one of the reasons we’ve pushed so hard against this idea that you can change gender, or change sex, or change both, is that when you start to believe that you can become whatever you want and reality is subjective, not objective, you’re going to have ramifications that no one anticipated or intended,” Kirk said.
Kirk’s argument avoids explaining what results he thinks will happen to trans people. It does not mention any specific “offshoot” of a person whose gender identity is different from the gender they were assigned at birth.
Without linking the two with context, Kirk says “there is a direct link to inflation and the trans issue.”
“You say, Charlie, come on. They couldn’t be further apart. No, they’re exactly the same. They’re the same in that aspect – when you believe men can become women, “Why wouldn’t you believe you can print wealth? If you believe someone can change gender, why wouldn’t you also believe that money is wealth? Kirk added.
The host seems to confuse the idea that living as a transgender person is the same as the government printing money, thus causing inflation. How he arrived at the reasoning is currently unclear.
Many people were also confused by Kirk’s comments and took to social media to wonder what the connection was between the two topics.
Some say trans people get blamed for a lot of things and Kirk’s comments are just another ploy to stir up more hate against LGBTQ people.
“Trans people are blamed for so many things that we obviously didn’t do, one twitter user wrote. “Conservatives said we were the reason Putin invaded Ukraine. Charlie Kirk thinks we caused inflation.”
Some have just decided that Kirk’s argument doesn’t make any logical sense.
“When you know nothing about Trans& inflation, but choose to embarrass yourself for attention”, another Twitter user wrote. “We are thriving here,” they added.
A spokesperson for Kirk responded to Newsweekrequest for comment.
“Charlie doesn’t blame trans people for inflation. It’s an absurd conclusion to draw from what he actually said,” the spokesperson said.
“Charlie draws a connection between two completely separate topics that he feels fail to address in reality. One is the trans agenda, which Charlie feels fails to recognize biological realities and harms children , and the other is modern monetary policy, which Charlie believes fails to recognize the financial realities that drive inflation.”
“It’s below the dignity of Newsweek to write such a ridiculous story that has rightly been relegated to trashy far-left activist blogs,” they added.
Update 4/14/22, 10:40 PM ET: This story has been updated with additional information and information.