Conservative politicians and right-wing commentators took to Twitter on Monday to lash out at 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren after she argued that incarcerated transgender women should be housed in women’s prisons, as men’s prisons pose a major safety risk.
“We have to stop putting trans women who are incarcerated into prisons with men where they are at risk. It is our responsibility,” Warren said Sunday in at a campaign rally in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Marshalltown, IA: "We have to stop putting trans women who are incarcerated into prisons with men where they are at risk. It is our responsibility." pic.twitter.com/nusBskixXY
— The Hill (@thehill) January 13, 2020
According to KQED: “Transgender inmates have long been identified as a vulnerable population. Neither California nor the federal government tracks prison homicides by gender identity, but the most recent federal data, from 2011-12, found 40% of transgender prisoners reported being the victim of a sexual assault within the previous 12 months — 10 times the percentage of non-transgender inmates.”
“We are seeing a trend towards a greater understanding of the need to provide humane housing and treatment of transgender people who are incarcerated,” said Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project for advocacy group GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). “There’s also a growing understanding within corrections systems of the need to respond to transgender people humanely.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), one of President Trump’s close allies, mocked Warren’s comment, predicting that “the trans women population in prison would skyrocket under a Warren presidency.”
I’m guessing the trans women population in prison would skyrocket under a Warren Presidency. https://t.co/IkOKrv9g3T
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 13, 2020
The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted out the video of Warren’s remarks, adding that “no further commentary” on such an idea was necessary.
No further commentary necessary. https://t.co/l4SNBODNiE
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 13, 2020
Other conservative media representatives condemned the Massachusetts progressive, including Liz Wheeler, the host of “Tipping Point” on One America News Network, who called Warren’s stance “crazy.”
Warren: "We have to stop putting trans women who are incarcerated into prisons with men where they are at risk."
What about the risk to biological women when biological MEN (trans women) are put into women's prisons?!
Warren's stance is crazy.pic.twitter.com/fLuFB3ilOf
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) January 13, 2020
Elizabeth Warren wants to put biological men in women's prisons. https://t.co/xR9l18Bnmg
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 13, 2020
I guess when you can’t talk about a bad economy… https://t.co/eS2KKQ6j8C
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 13, 2020