The state of Texas is currently running a natural experiment of sorts. What would happen if the dumbest people alive ran one of the biggest states in America? The answer is: The Texas Republican Party.
Following the nationwide Republican freakout over President Obama’s historic stand in defense of transgender children in the face of a growing number of anti-LGBT discriminatory laws, Texas – along with ten other Republican-led states – got together to sue Obama for making them knock it off. Particularly crazed was Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a man who, while not particularly smart, is at least a decent human being.
Just kidding! He’s terrible.
On Fox News, Paxton made the case that trans kids – or as he calls them, “men” – were just faking it and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to go into the school bathroom that they chose as Obama had requested.
This guideline doesn’t address any particular problem. They have not been very specific about what they’re trying to solve. This opens the door with all kinds of issues with men deciding one day they want to be women and then switching back the next day.
Is it true that Obama hasn’t been specific about what he was trying to solve? No, Paxton is lying through his teeth. The problem being addressed here is the fact that Republicans keep trying to pass laws that discriminate against trans people. To counteract that, the White House announced it would not allow trans students to be bullied by bored politicians looking to score a cheap political victory. Why hasn’t it come up before? Because they were too busy waging a losing war against same-sex marriage and because, until Republicans made it one, the issue of trans people in bathrooms was not a problem.
It’s particularly rich that Paxton would lecture Obama on the rule of law. After all, despite his role as Texas Attorney General, Paxton may be the most corrupt politician in America. Given his busy schedule of being repeatedly indicted for felony charges related to fraud, it’s a miracle he was able to make time to sit in for an interview with Fox and Friends. Here’s NPR’s Wade Goodwyn briefly summarizing the shitstorm Paxton is facing:
Paxton helped raise more than $800,000 for the company and was paid in the form of 100,000 shares of the new company. He is accused of not disclosing the commission arrangement with investors.
“The federal lawsuit mirrors state charges filed last year. Paxton was indicted on two first-degree felony counts and a third-degree felony for acting as an investment adviser without being registered.
And lest you think Paxton is going to shake these charges, his defense was that God instructed his friend to give him the $800,000 and therefore it’s not really fraud. How will that play out in court? To give you a hint, Paxton’s co-conspirators already threw themselves on the mercy of the court and were sentenced to a $260,000 fine. The lord works in mysterious ways.
As might be expected, Paxton’s boss, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is still supporting Paxton. Apparently, flinging around the term “lawless” only applies to petty grievances towards the president you don’t like. Instead, we get Paxton showing up on Fox News to very publicly humiliate himself as hypocrisy after hypocrisy leak out from his mouth.
Watch Paxton’s trainwreck interview below via Fox News:
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