The amendment proposed Wednesday by Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert to reduce the salary of Shawn Skelly, the transgender assistant secretary of defense for readiness, to just $1 is evidence that attacks on transgender people are becoming more normalized.
That’s according to the congressman Eric Swalwell from California’s 14th congressional district, joining The new abnormal this week for a candid discussion about the state of the Republican Party. Swalwell is a member of one of the committees that has generated the most viral clips in recent years, the House Judiciary Committee. He says attacks like Boebert’s are just the latest examples of Republicans’ “cruel” and “creepy” attacks on everyday Americans.
“I was talking to colleagues on the floor last night who were just so uncomfortable with the direction that McCarthy’s MAGA convention is going,” Swalwell said, adding that what worried him most was the Republicans’ proposed on-demand gender checks .
“What Republicans want to do to trans children is not only cruel, but also scary.”
“As a parent of a little girl, I find it scary that you would want to examine her gender in this way. That’s just scary to me. And there is no other place where this has to do with the legislation you support other than doing a gender check.”
Plus! The bulwark Jonathan V. Last joins the show to describe how the response of Democrats, who have called for the resignation of their colleague, Rep. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, contrasts with the response of Republicans to a host of legal issues facing Trump, Ken Paxton and others face.