Which Extremely Transphobic Texas Politician's Tweet Is Worse?

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As you may have heard, Obama recently instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use whichever bathroom aligns with their gender identity. Republicans—for whom bathroom activities are evidently paramount—will not stand for this, because they are nothing if not valiant protectors of women, and also because they don’t seem to understand what “transgender” means.


Texas politicians, of course, are particularly up in arms about the directive, because this truly hits their g-spot of “things that would be good for minorities” and “things that should not be a big deal at all for anyone else.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, bathroom warrior, said last week: “If President Obama thinks he can bully Texas schools into allowing men to have open access to girls in bathrooms, he better prepare for yet another legal fight.” Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declared that “this will be the beginning of the end of the public school system as we know it,” which, yes, if you don’t comply and get your funding pulled, sure! Would be bad!

So which tweet is worse? This first one, from Lt. Gov. Patrick, depicts a man and a woman in what appears to be separate bathroom stalls with a slightly off-center star above them and declares “COME AND TAKE IT,” “it” being, I guess, their...bathrooms?

Or this one, from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who seems to have amazing priorities and a terrific understanding of political history:


Tough call!

Images via Associated Press.

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.



Why is it only EVER presented as “men going into the ladies room! Little GIRLS!! WOMEN AND LITTLE GIRLS!!” Anyone can be sexually assaulted. Anyone. Including men. Anywhere. Not just in bathrooms. Stop using me (woman) as a political pawn for bullshit!