Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as ‘height of hypocrisy’
Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) spoke out Monday evening against the House’s recent ban on gendered language, saying it denies “the very biological existence of women.”
When asked by Fox News host Tucker Carlson if the new code of conduct, designed to help promote diversity and inclusivity, is an effective way to promote women’s rights, Gabbard responded, “It absolutely does the very opposite of that.”
The new rules, passed by the House on Monday, ban gendered words including mother, father, brother and sister to “honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral.”
“It’s the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women,” Gabbard said, arguing that the rule shows how out of touch lawmakers are with reality and the needs of the American people.
“Their first act as this new Congress could have been to make sure elderly Americans are able to get the COVID vaccine now alongside front-line health care workers,” Gabbard said. “Instead of doing something that could actually help save people’s lives, they are choosing instead to say ‘You can’t say mother or father.'”
Gabbard, a former presidential candidate who did not run for reelection to her House seat, said she believes there’s a “biological distinction” between men and women and boys and girls, which led to her championing the anti-transgender “Protect Women’s Sports Act.”
Congress’s new ban “defies basic common sense” and “basic established science,” she told Carlson.
Several GOP lawmakers also condemned the ban, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who shared his thoughts on the move on Twitter:
This is stupid.
– A father, son, and brother https://t.co/bG9SlRAy6N
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 2, 2021
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