Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham of Louisiana is running for Governor in his state and his team recently released their first television ad. If Abraham was looking to get the left up in arms, he certainly succeeded. Take a look at the ad embedded in the tweet below and see if you can guess which of the truths he’s promising to speak has liberals setting their hair on fire. (Well, to the greatest extent, anyway.)
Our new #lagov TV ad starts today.
— Dr. Ralph Abraham (@DocAbraham) August 22, 2019
If you guessed it was the last one, saying that there are only two genders, give yourself a cookie. Of course, as a medical doctor, Abraham probably knows a thing or two about the subject. Here’s the full list:
“Here’s the truth. Life begins at conception. Government is too big. Our taxes are too high. And our car insurance is too expensive. President Trump is doing a great job. Facts matter more than feelings. The Second Amendment is self-explanatory. And as a doctor, I can assure you there are only two genders.”
As you might expect, this prompted an immediate reaction. The claim wasn’t going over well at all at MSNBC. (Redstate)
MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing addressed this topic during a panel discussion about the GOP’s relationship with women and the LGBT community. (Specifically, a national LGBT group, the Log Cabin Republicans, had just endorsed Trump for a second term.)
An indignant Jansing told viewers she found Abraham’s remarks to be “incendiary.” Here’s what she had to say. (video below)
We’ve got an important question now. What does it mean to be a mainstream Republican? It is the question that some Republicans have been asking in the age of Donald Trump, and increasingly, it seems the answer might be to make incendiary comments about women and members of the LGBT community.
In Louisiana, the Republican candidate for governor, Ralph Abraham, is out with a new TV ad this week making incendiary comments about gender.
You can catch the video of anchor Chris Jansing saying this at the linked Redstate article.
So it’s apparently now simply gospel at MSNBC to say that a medical doctor stating the human race is composed of two genders by design is “incendiary” rhetoric. Of course, for the entire history of the human race, there have been two genders (with the thankfully rare exceptions of intersex people born with anomalous chromosomal structures). It’s how we reproduce. This really isn’t rocket science.
But this is apparently the state of play in American politics today. We’ve traditionally tolerated people with all sorts of rather questionable ideas, but as long as we were all able to agree to disagree we generally just got on with our lives. Now, holding a different opinion than someone in one of the entitled classes isn’t just a case of disagreement. It’s verbal violence that makes people feel unsafe. So you’re a bad person for doing it.
We’re not debating an issue along the lines of whether yellow mustard is better than brown here. (It’s not, by the way, but I’m not going to try to lock you up for thinking so.) This is just science. You can’t wake up one day and decide that reality has shifted simply because of how you feel about it. That applies even if you really, really, earnestly believe it. You might honestly believe that you’re a werewolf. (The condition is known as clinical lycanthropy.) But unless you can show us that you can somehow transform into a canid creature of some sort, I’m sorry to say that you’re still just a human being. A very confused human being who may be dealing with some mental health issues, but a human being nonetheless.
Best of luck to Congressman Abraham as he makes his pitch for election. But his odds of winning over anyone on the left in the current political climate by stating obvious facts taken from medical science are pretty much nil. He’s one of the “incendiary” people now.