GOP Lawmaker: Would Trans Rights Advocates Celebrate If Trump Declared Himself ‘First Female President’

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Equality Act, a bill which would outlaw discrimination based on gender, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he “can’t” support the legislation because it “would only nominally protect certain individuals while causing tremendous harm to others.”

“I strongly support the rights of transgender individuals,” he said.

“I will not denigrate or deny their struggles,” he added. “But I am concerned about the potential bad actors who would exploit the provisions for their own gain.”

He asked “if President Trump were to say, ‘I’m am now the first female president,’ who would celebrate that?”

“I want to support this legislation and in the broadest sense I do. I believe that individuals in our country should not face discrimination for their sex or their gender or their sexual orientation,” Gaetz said, before questions what would happen “when sex is defined as gender identity and gender identity is terribly vague?”

“Will all sex-based distinctions be erased?” he quipped.