Fox News Debunks Colossal Lie Pushed By Fox News
Chris Wallace States No Evidence Linking Transgender Community To Idea Of Bathroom Predators
In a moment of clarity, Fox News decided it was time to address a reality regarding one of the huge myths it has been pushing about the transgender community for a very long time. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pointed out no evidence of criminal misconduct in a bathroom by a transgender person or someone pretending to be transgender has been found anywhere in the United States. Wallace was quoting the investigation into the matter by PolitiFact.
[W]e actually decided to try to find out whether it is a public safety issue. Whether it is a problem with transgender people misusing bathrooms to prey on others. And here is what the fact checking group PolitiFact found. We, that’s that PolitiFact, haven’t found any instance of criminals convicted of using transgender protections as cover in the United States. Neither have any left wing groups or right wing groups…this seems to be a solution in search of a problem.
In other words, certain people on the right have been pushing the idea these discrimination laws are in the interest of public safety, but there is zero evidence of an actual public safety issue. Which immediately brings up the question as to why it’s being promoted in the first place. Fox News pundit Juan Williams had a clear answer for that:
I think what we come back to is a wedge issue here. A wedge issue that in terms of gay rights, gay marriage as you know has been controversial, but that wedge issue, it worked in ’04. If you’ll recall the Bush campaign got gay marriage on the ballot, helped President Bush gain reelection in ’04.
While the evidence of how much wedge issues effect elections is regularly debated, there is pretty clear evidence gay marriage had a significant effect in the state of Ohio in 2004. The state put a gay marriage ban on the ballot and it won by a nearly 2 to 1 margin. Pew Research showed exactly why the ballot measure may have been so important to Bush’s reelection and is worth quoting at length:
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Even though Bush improved his overall share of the vote in Ohio by just one percentage point from 2000 (50%) to 2004 (51%), he registered much bigger gains among three groups that strongly oppose gay marriage — blacks (Bush got 16% of the black vote in Ohio in 2004, up from 9% in 2000); those who attend church more than once a week (Bush got 69% of those votes in 2004, up from 52% in 2000) and voters ages 65 and older (58% in 2004, up from 46% in 2000).
Nationally, by contrast, his percentage of the black vote grew only modestly (by two percentage points) from 2000 to 2004, his percentage of the vote among more-than-once-a-week church goers by even less (one percentage point) and his percentage among older voters by 5 percentage points.
And for those that don’t remember, Ohio was critical in the outcome of the ’04 election. Had its 20 electoral votes gone the other way, Bush would have happily been just a one-term president. So close, yet so far…
Despite The Evidence And Danger, Ted Cruz Keeps Telling The Lie
There is little doubt as to why Ted Cruz is continuing this farce over the so-called “bathroom bills” being passed in Southern states. He’s using this idea to attack his opponents, particularly Donald Trump, in order to keep his dying campaign alive and create the contested convention that is his only chance to win at this point. While this line of attack will do him no favors in the general election, it might win him enough support in the remaining GOP primaries to open the door at the convention.
And it should always be noted, this disgusting rhetoric comes at a heartbreaking cost. The transgender community is already at an incredibly high risk of committing suicide and the North Carolina bill has potentially doubled the risk in that state. Despite evidence disproving the myth of transgender bathroom predators, Ted Cruz is pushing this rhetoric and potentially helping end to tragically end lives far too early.
But Ted Cruz doesn’t care. Whatever gets him elected, he’s going to do it. The means do not matter as long as he achieves his end. He’s doing it for more votes in the GOP primary and the sad reality is, it just might work.
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