February 24 2017
In a sign that Democrats have finally found an issue that will attract white, working class voters, the Free Beacon reports:
A billionaire Democratic megadonor, who is exploring a run for governor, encouraged men to use women's bathrooms on Wednesday sparking criticism from transgender advocates and politicians.
J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire heir whose father co-founded Hyatt hotels, floated the idea of switching bathrooms in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order reversing an Obama policy that could have stripped federal funds from schools that maintain separate bathroom facilities based on sex.
"As a protest against Trump's rescinding protections for trans kids, everyone should use the other gender's bathroom today!" he tweeted at 8:36 a.m.
Just for the record, we've already noted that the Trump administration did not "rescind protections" for transgender kids. Transgender kids still have the same civil rights as the rest of us. The administration merely said that the issue of which bathroom these kids use is not a federal issue.
Still, we might not be meeting our favorite male Democrats in the ladies room. Pritzker's suggestion has been hailed as "transphobic" by another Illinois Democrat:
The tweet immediately provoked criticism from liberals. Illinois State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D., Chicago), a supporter of the Obama rule, said that Pritzker's tweet was insensitive and mischaracterized the transgender bathroom and locker room debate.
"No disrespect ?@JBPritzker but it's actually about precisely *not* that. We just want to let kids use their own gender's bathroom," Guzzardi tweeted in response. "Your idea suggests that we support ppl going into opposite-gender bathrooms, which plays right into transphobic rhetoric."
Another Democrat who intends to run against Pritzker--also known as "the other mayor of Chicago"--has accused Pritzker of "missing the point."
I give: what is the point?