Republican attacks on trans people and the transgender community are just mean. And show a complete lack of understanding and a complete lack of empathy. They don't represent our views, and they don't represent the views of a majority of Americans. Their despicable comments just make my blood boil with anger. If I didn't have a mask, you could see my teeth gritting. — Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Republican attacks on trans people and the transgender community are just mean. And show a complete lack of understanding and a complete lack of empathy. They don't represent our views, and they don't represent the views of a majority of Americans. Their despicable comments just make my blood boil with anger. If I didn't have a mask, you could see my teeth gritting. — Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Rand Paul is facing backlash for his anti-trans comments equating gender-affirming surgery to 'genital mutilation'
  • Sen. Rand Paul compared gender-affirming surgery for trans people to "genital mutilation" during a hearing for Dr. Rachel Levine.
  • Levine, if confirmed by the Senate, will be the first openly trans official approved by the chamber.
  • Some of Paul's Democratic colleagues sharply rebuked his remarks.
Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington and the chair of the Senate health committee, rebuked Paul's questions.

"It is really critical to me that our nominees be treated with respect and that our questions focus on their qualifications and the work ahead of us, rather than on ideological and harmful misrepresentations like those we heard from Senator Paul earlier," Murray said on Thursday.

... Levine, 64, is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She also serves as the president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

In separate remarks on Thursday, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer condemned Republican lawmakers speaking out against trans rights.

Republican "attacks on trans people and the transgender community are just mean," Schumer said during an in-person press briefing. "And show a complete lack of understanding and a complete lack of empathy. They don't represent our views, and they don't represent the views of a majority of Americans. Their despicable comments just make my blood boil with anger. If I didn't have a mask, you could see my teeth gritting."
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