Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed he’s an ally to LGBT people. But Michele Bachmann has a theory, that God intervened in the election so Trump could halt acceptance of LGBT people.
“People said, ‘Enough already!’ And we were given a reprieve,” the former congresswoman said on the End Times radio show.
Bachmann, who served on Trump’s evangelical advisory board during the campaign, said “the supernatural” actually “answered the prayers of believers” who were asking for a second chance before being punished. “But a reprieve for what?”
Bachmann explained that the “reprieve” is specifically a chance to undo transgender rights advanced by President Obama, and that she warned “Hillary Clinton was going to continue and double down on.”
“We were in a situation where the president of the United States on his own just issued a sheet of paper and said, overnight, every single public school in the country would have to have the girls’ bathrooms open to the boys and the boys’ bathrooms open to the girls, and the girls’ shower rooms would be open and accessible to the boys because now, what we were told from the White House, is that when we look at our body in a shower, our body isn’t reality anymore,” claimed Bachmann, according to Right Wing Watch. Bachmann is totally misstating the Obama administration’s guidance by denying the existence of transgender people.
She’s right about one thing, though. President Trump has already overturned the guidance, with even Education Secretary Betsy DeVos giving approval to rescind the recommendation that schools ought to recognize the existence of transgender students instead of misgendering them. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stopped the Justice Department from defending transgender rights.
“We were all told that we were forced to repeat a lie, not the truth,” claimed Bachmann. “We didn’t even have the choice that we could repeat the truth anymore, we were all told that we were going to be enforced by the power of the federal government to repeat lies.”
Meanwhile, Bachmann repeated the lie that transgender people are child molesters and rapists.
“Their little 5-year-old girl could be vulnerable to a 17-year-old male walking in on their bathroom, or my 85-year-old mother could be at a public restroom and seven 18-year-old males could come in and she could be vulnerable to them,” she said, agreeing with the radio host’s vague allegation that “things have happened that aren’t very pleasant.”
Bachmann's comments are a reminder that, despite what Trump says about his allyship for LGBT people, the president's evangelical allies are on his side because they see him as a supporter of plans to undo rights for LGBT people.