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The “culture war” double standard


The bills denying medical care to trans people being pushed by Republicans aren’t just cruel, they’re also highly unpopular:

The rights of transgender Americans has been a growing topic of debate on sports fields, in state capitols and in Congress. The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organization, says more than 30 state legislatures have proposed more than 115 bills that would limit transgender rights, from participation on sports teams to access to medical care. 

But two-thirds of Americans are against laws that would limit transgender rights, a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll found. That opposition includes majorities of every political ideology from liberal to conservative and every age group. 

You could get a book contract arguing that Democrats were doing too much to defend the rights of trans people — even thought he only major election fought on the issue was a rare Democratic win in 2016 — but somehow the ratchet never works the other way when Republicans push “culture war” policies that aren’t any more popular than their economic ones.

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