GOP needs ‘toned down’ transphobic grooming rhetoric

Incumbent Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) told CNN’s “New Day” Friday that Republicans needed to “tone down” their transphobic rhetoric about child molestation and grooming.

Guest host Brianna Keilar said: “I want to ask you, in light of this LGBTQ+ nightclub shooting in Colorado Springs, do you think your party members needed to tone down some of their transphobic language? ? We’ve heard officials talk about pedophilia, grooming, demonizing trans people? »

Hutchinson said, “Well, throughout our society, we need to tone down the harsh rhetoric that drives others to hate. This is not how our society should be. And it’s horrible, what happened in this nightclub. Our hearts go out there, as it should. And hopefully that will make us all think more about what we say, how we say it, and how we might stigmatize certain elements of our population, which is not good.

Keilar said: ‘Can I ask you, Governor, specifically, about those kinds of comments that I was highlighting because we’re specifically talking about a situation here with the suspect facing hate crime charges? Specifically, is there room in your belief for this kind of language within the Republican Party? »

Hutchinson asked, “You mean harsh language in reference to the trans community?”

Keilar said, “Yes.

Hutchinson said: “I think we have to have compassion for all the elements. There’s a debate we’ve had in Arkansas about what you do with trans kids who struggle with gender identity and how you deal with drugs and things like that. These are fair talking points in the political arena. But you don’t have to translate that into hatred or harshness that re-stigmatizes. So again it’s very important whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat I know you’re talking about Republicans we use rhetoric and words that try to bring people together not divide us and that’s true whether you’re talking about race or you’re talking about, you know, gender identity, you don’t want to say things that are going to make other people hate more, and they might react with violence. This is not what we need. We need to remove this at every opportunity we have.

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