U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and a University of San Diego law professor got into heated debate over transgender rights during a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week about federal regulations.
The law professor, Gail Heriot, was on hand to challenge the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights issued guidance on what facilities transgender students should be allowed to use at public schools.
In a lengthy written statement to the committee, Heriot mocked the plight of transgender children by characterizing them as delusional juveniles living out immature fantasies,
“We are teaching young people a terrible lesson. If I believe that I am a Russian princess, that doesn’t make me a Russian princess, even if my friends and acquaintances are willing to indulge my fantasy. Nor am I a Great Horned Owl, just because as I have been told, I happen to share personality traits with those feathered creatures,” Heriot’s written statement reads.
“I’ve got to say, I found this rather offensive, and it says to me that the witness really doesn’t know anything and probably has never met a transgender child who is going through, in almost every case, a very difficult experience finding themselves,” Lofgren said. “I think it’s very regrettable that comment was put into the record, and I think it’s highly offensive.”
Heriot attempted to challenge Lofgren’s opinion, but the congresswoman responded by calling her an “ignorant bigot,” which led Iowa Republican Steve King to tell her that she was “out of order.”
“We allow witnesses to say offensive things, but I cannot allow that kind of bigotry to go into the record unchallenged,” Lofgren replied.
Watch the heated exchange below: