Republican transgender rhetoric is ‘demonic’

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said on MSNBC’s “Deadline” Tuesday that the Republicans’ transgender rhetoric was both “demonic” and “dangerous.”

In an interview with Semafor, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “the most dangerous person in the world” was Randi Weingarten.

“It’s not a close call,” he said. “If you ask, ‘Who is most likely to bring down this republic?’ It would be the teachers unions and the dirt they teach our kids.’”

Weingarten said: “It was both ridiculous and dangerous, but more than that, it was pathetic because he attacks teachers. The part I found most dangerous and pathetic was when he called what we do nasty. We know what code it is go.”

She continued, “What’s happening in terms of teachers is this fear campaign calling us trimmers like DeSantis did gave me pause. Then say we’re so, so important, and yet we try to convince kids to change gender? Another smear.”

Weingarten added: “The real problem for teachers is that it makes our job more difficult. It makes it harder to lift children, create empathy, create a safe and welcoming environment. It scares the hell out of people, you know, when people go after me, do they sense what’s going to happen to them? And these are the people that parents take center stage in helping kids have a future of critical thinking to get their mojo back. So if I sound really angry, then I am.”

She concluded, “They spent $50 million on trans kids in this last election. How dare they? And you wonder what just happened at the club in Colorado? So what’s dangerous is their rhetoric. What is demonic is their rhetoric. The fact that they think this is going to get them the Republican nomination, I think Republicans are better than this.

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