During his questioning of Education Secretary nominee Miguel Cardona, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) offered transphobic questions about school sports, claiming that allowing transgender students to compete will “destroy girls’ athletics” and calling the notion “bizarre.”
“So you don’t have a problem then with boys running in the girls’ track meet, swimming meets, you name it — you’re okay, then, with boys competing with girls?” Paul asked.
Cardona responded: “Respectfully senator, I think I answered the question. I believe schools should offer the opportunity for students to engage in extracurricular activities, even if they are transgender. I think that’s their right.”
“Well, a lot of us think that’s bizarre, you know,” Paul said. “Not very fair.”
He repeated the language again later, saying, “I think most people in the country think it’s bizarre, you know, that it’s just completely bizarre and unfair that people — and you’re going to run the Department of Education. You’ve got no problem with it. That concerns me.”
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