Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard opted not to run for reelection when she launched her ill-fated bid for her party’s presidential nomination in 2019. Having flopped in that effort, she’s about to leave office, but before she cleans out her desk she’s making one last pitch to pass a law that has the progressive wing of the Democrats up in arms. She is the co-sponsor of a bill named the Protect Women’s Sports Act. This legislation, if enacted, would bolster Title IX protections for girls and women in high school and college sports by preventing males who “identify” as females from competing against true, biological females. The blowback from liberal activists was swift and loud. (NY Post)
A number of people called Gabbard, who leaves Congress this month, “transphobic” and a “right wing s—t heel” on Twitter, among other invectives.
“I welcome real criticism and debate,” Gabbard (D-Hawaii) told The Post Saturday. “But my so-called critics don’t want to debate the issues. They just want to engage in smears and slurs and name-calling and innuendo.”
Gabbard, 39, who decided to leave Congress last year to focus on her failed presidential bid, said she is “maximizing” the time she has left in office and said she fears for the U.S.
“Identity politics is having an incredibly destructive effect on our country rather than recognizing what connects all Americans,” she said. “It’s being done to help people and parties get in power and stay in power by pitting individual Americans against each other.”
In addition to the Title IX bill and blasting the identity politics that basically define the Democratic Party today, Gabbard introduced a second bill designed to protect the lives of babies who survive attempted abortions. Hold on a second… which party’s nomination was she seeking again?
She posted a video to her Twitter account explaining her reasons for crafting the Title IX bill.
Title IX is a historic law that positively changed everything for women & girls. This video explains how, and why I introduced the Protect Women’s Sports Act – to clarify, uphold & strengthen the original intent of Title IX, ensuring a level playing field for girls & women. pic.twitter.com/B0647yCGmW
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 13, 2020
Gabbard has obviously ticked off nearly everyone in her own party. One trans activist labeled her as “blatantly transphobic” on social media. A second pro-abortion critic attacked Gabbard on Twitter over the second bill, calling it “redundant” and claiming that it “criminalizes doctors, vilifies women, and fear-mongers about abortion.”
Sadly, both of these bills appear to be doomed in the House of Representatives as long as Nancy Pelosi is still holding the gavel. And even if they weren’t, there is basically zero chance that Joe Biden would sign either of them if they didn’t pass before Donald Trump leaves office.
In some ways, it’s kind of amazing that Democrats can muster the will to oppose either piece of legislation. They were supposed the be the party of feminism and equal rights for women and girls, weren’t they? But if that’s the case, why in the world would they support a system where actual girls are completely dominated and shut out of competitive sports and the opportunity to earn college scholarships by “girls with testicles” as we saw happening in Connecticut? Even more to the point, we all understand that the Democrats are the party that supports abortion on demand up to and including the scheduled date of delivery. But once a baby is delivered and outside of the mother’s body, even if the birth took place during an attempt at abortion, who in their right mind could stand up and vote against a bill saying that you’re not allowed to kill the baby? Because that’s no longer an abortion. That’s just murder, plain and simple. How do you vote against such a bill and go back to look your constituents in the eye?
I get the sense that Gabbard might not have introduced either of these bills if she were sticking around in Congress and would have to stand for reelection in 2022. She clearly foresaw the backlash that would be coming from her own party and was prepared for it, but only because she’s on her way out the door and no longer has to kowtow to Democratic dogma. Perhaps she missed her calling and should have been running as a moderate Republican all of this time? It’s hard to say, but I’ll simply thank her for her military service and these two legislative parting gifts and wish her well in the next phase of her career.