Republicans have a golden opportunity to broadly expand their influence by coming out strongly against the transgender revolution sweeping our nation. Donald Trump recognized this quickly and made several public comments to that effect. Sadly, as on many issues, Trump’s comments were stronger than that of Republicans in Congress who should be taking the lead. Rather than meekly objecting, the GOP should champion this issue and tap into the support of most Americans. We don’t need boys competing in girls sports and we certainly don’t need children getting dangerous sex change surgeries.
The transgender invasion is jeopardizing the GOP, as the Olympic champion-turned-transgender-woman Caitlyn Jenner announced her bid for California governor as a Republican. Many Republicans may salivate at the opportunity of capturing the governor’s seat, as Arnold Schwarzenegger famously did nearly two decades ago, hoping that Jenner could appeal to cross-over voters in La-La Land. Conservatives should not be fooled into sacrificing our principles in hopes of getting more votes. Americans care much more about protecting women than they do about Caitlyn Jenner.
In January, a bill signed into law by California’s soon-to-be-recalled Gov. Gavin Newsom began requiring the state prison system to ask every individual entering its custody to specify their personal pronouns and gender identity. Jumping at the invitation, 261 California prison inmates have requested transfers to prisons aligning with their gender identity, 255 of them biological males who say they identify as women. California requires that prisons process these requests, as do laws in Massachusetts and Connecticut. As if that wasn’t bad enough, California Democrats are also pushing legislation that would impose fines against department stores which separate clothing and toys by gender.
The Republican Party should seize on this unique moment in which the entirety of the Democrat Party has so hyperextended themselves to the left that a sideways look would be enough to make their whole revolution collapse on itself. Normal Americans don’t want men in women’s prisons, boys in girls’ locker rooms, or male athletes in girls’ sports. Conservatives must fight this lunacy before liberals succeed in shaming America into silence for good.