GOP politicians go after ‘extremely vulnerable’ trans children – making ‘children their enemy’

Author and husband of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg, said Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that Republican lawmakers are going after “extremely vulnerable children, especially trans children.”

Referencing former Vice President Mike Pence’s comments about his family, co-host Joy Behar asked, “It’s an incident with Pence, but politicians across the country are trying to restrict gay rights and trans people, everything from the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Law” to banning drag shows. There is a war on transgender people. It’s disgusting how they treat these people who are really harmless. How dangerous do you think this moment is? Is it worse than ever?”

Buttigieg said: “I think this is an extremely dangerous time, and it’s a really upsetting time because nothing could be more important than showing up and protecting our families. The way they say they’re showing up for our families, this conversation about giving parents more choice, protecting the kids, what they’ve really done, and they’ve done a good job, it’s been a very well coordinated and well…funded effort to attack the LGBTQ community, especially with the book bans.

He continued: “When you look at what a lot of these things have in common, they are extremely vulnerable children. You have groups of politicians who make calculated choices, perhaps because they lose some political arguments, to go after extremely vulnerable children, especially trans children. It’s hard enough being in school like that, but being a transgender kid in school and you have this coordinated effort by people picking on them because they don’t know of what else to talk about. They need an enemy. At this moment, they have decided to make children their enemy. It’s very, very nerve wracking, that’s why I’m happy, I hope this book will find its way into the hands of children who look up to politicians and wonder “Do I have a place in this country, is do I belong here?” My answer to them is, yes, you do. There are millions of people in this country who will fight for you and show up for you.

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