In an effort to appeal to his bigoted constituents, Tracy Murphree, a Republican sheriff running for election in Denton County, Texas, put up a threat of violence against transgender women who dared to use the same public bathroom as his daughter.
This whole bathroom thing is craziness I have never seen,” Murphree wrote in an April 22 Facebook post. “All I can say is this: If my little girl is in a public women’s restroom and a man, regardless of how he may identify, goes into the bathroom, he will then identify as a John Doe until he wakes up in whatever hospital he may be taken to. Your identity does not trump my little girl’s safety. I identify as an overprotective father that loves his kids and would do anything to protect them.
This is how Republicans view “Protect and Serve?” Is there a hidden part that says “But only if I approve of them?” If Murphree jumped into a time machine and went back the 1950s, I’m sure he’d be more than happy to say the same exact thing about a black woman. After all, it’s not like bigotry and mindless prejudice is a new thing for the American right wing.
Murphree was forced to hide the comment once it was publicized but not before it garnered 500 likes and lots of supporting messages. Because nothing gets that right wing blood pumping like the thought of “defending their freedom” by punching a woman in the face. Of course, faced with a backlash, Murphree fell back on the laughably transparent talking point about “predators”:
Murphree told the Observer, “This isn’t an anti-transgender issue. It’s a safety issue. I’m not afraid of transgenders. I’m afraid of who will take advantage of the rules to get close to kids. The rights of transgenders do not trump the rights of everyone else.
Yes…yes…the oft-cited predators that no one can seem to find. In a country of over 300 million people, there has not been even one documented instance of a man dressed as a woman trying to sneak a peek in the women’s bathroom.
No doubt Murphree is going to win his election and protect the good citizens of Denton County from perverts in the bathroom, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and alien abduction. I feel safer already.
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