CNN Fears Youngkin ‘Excluding’ Parents Who Support Trans Agenda

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During an interview with Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) on CNN’s State of the Union, anchor Jake Tapper took issue with a new policy that requires students’ bathrooms and sports teams to be based on a student’s actual biological sex, not what they are pretending to be at that particular moment.

Tapper’s concern was not for the girls who won’t have to worry about having to share a locker room with delusional boys who pretend to be girls, but rather that this would make children who think they are the opposite sex, sad.  

The leftist host failed to understand “how a one-size-fits-all ruling for all of Virginia follows those guidelines of parents have the right to make decisions and school shall respect parents,” because “a school in rural southwest Virginia, they might look at this issue quite differently than across the river in Arlington.” 

Youngkin responded that “parents have a fundamental right to be engaged in their children’s lives,” and that “the idea that we’re gonna have policies that will exclude parents from their children’s lives is something that I’ve been going to work on since day one.” 

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Tapper jumped in to tout the group of groomers called The American Academy of Pediatrics who “say these kind of laws can increase depression anxiety, and even suicide among transgender youth.”

“I would ask people to read the policies,” Youngkin replied.  

“I did read the policy,” Tapper insisted. He then cried that “it sounds like you’re excluding parents that might be supportive of their child going to the bathroom or joining a sports team that is in alignment with their gender identity.” 

It’s hard to imagine any sane father would consent to have his seven-year-old daughter share a bathroom or a locker room with a boy. In the world of Jake Tapper and CNN, that is perfectly normal. 

Youngkin ended by noting that “it’s unfair for girls to have biological boys play sports with biological girls. There are sports with segregated sexes for those sports and those sports should be honored that way.” 

Of course, the correct answer to Tapper’s question is yes we are excluding parents who want their children to use the bathroom or sports teams of the opposite sex. Because those children should be taken away from their parents if they believe this is ok. 

This biased segment was made possible by Allstate. Their information is linked. 

To read the transcript of this segment click “expand”: 

CNN’s State of the Union
10/9/2022
9:07:55 a.m. Eastern 

JAKE TAPPER: Let’s talk to one of the key issues that helped get you elected, education. Because you have this new policy for transgender students in Virginia that requires that a students’ bathrooms and sports teams should be based on that student’s sex assigned at birth, not their gender identity. Now, your policy’s first two key guiding principles are parents have the right to make decisions with respect to their children and, quote, schools shall respect parents’ values and beliefs. 

But I wonder if, I don’t know understand how a one-size-fits-all ruling for all of Virginia follows those guidelines of parents have the right to make decisions and school shall respect parents. Because I imagine in a school in rural southwest Virginia, they might look at this issue quite differently than across the river in Arlington. 

GOVERNOR GLENN YOUNGKIN: Let me begin with these basic principles which is, first, parents have a fundamental right to be engaged in their children’s lives. And oh, by the way, children have a right to have parents engaged in their life. We needed to fix a wrong. The previous administration had a policy that excluded parents. In fact, particularly didn’t require the involvement of parents. 

Let’s be clear. Parents have this right and children don’t belong to the state. They belong to families. And so, when these most important decisions, step one, has to be to engage parents, not to the exclusion of a trusted teacher or an adviser, but make sure parents are involved in their children’s lives. This is not controversial. And I just think the idea that we’re gonna have policies that will exclude parents from their children’s lives is something that I’ve been going to work on since day one. We campaigned on it. We empowered parents to make decisions with regards to masking in Virginia. We empowered parents to make decisions with regard to curriculum that—

TAPPER: Yeah.

YOUNGKIN: Fits their decisions and we’re empowering parents here to be engaged in these most important decisions. 

TAPPER: But Governor, this policy could be seen — I could see very easily how it excludes parents. Here is a question for you. The American Academy of Pediatrics says these kinds of laws about bathrooms and excluding people, ignoring their gender identity, they say, the American Academy of Pediatrics say these kind of laws can increase depression anxiety, and even suicide among transgender youth. Did you talk to any transgender youth when coming up with this policy? 

YOUNGKIN: Yeah so, we’ve had lots of interaction across the—

TAPPER: With transgender youth? 

YOUNGKIN: Across the administration. And let me just back up. What we’re not saying is that there’s no accommodation. We’re saying is parents have to be engaged in that decision. And if a child and their parent along with administrators and teachers choose to have accommodations for that child, they’ll be granted. See this is where I constantly get back to—I would ask people to read the policies, and to—

TAPPER: I did read the policy. It sounds like you’re excluding parents that might be supportive of their child going to the bathroom or joining a sports team that is in alignment with their gender identity. 

YOUNGKIN: Certainly not. If parents actually want their child to be able to change a pro-noun or their name or use a bathroom, if parents choose that, then legally that’s what the schools will do. With regards to sports teams, this is a different issue. And I do believe that it’s unfair for girls to have biological boys play sports with biological girls. 

There are sports with segregated sexes for those sports and those sports should be honored that way. And there are sports where they’re not segregated, where in fact both sexes get to play at the same time. 

Again there’s a common sense approach here to this. And I do think we have to respect girls as well here. Our policies were written in order to respect the dignity of all children, their safety, and their confidentiality. We’re in a 30-day comment period and we’re going to finalize these. And then I expect the school districts to adopt something consistent with them. 

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