Trump Jr., GOP Lawmakers Mock Warren For Saying Trans Inmates Should Be In Women’s Prisons

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.

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.”

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.

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.”