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Huckabee invokes bathroom panic in remarks on transgender people

Republican presidential contender calls transgender nondiscrimination protections a "social experiment"

“Now, I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.'”

Mike Huckabee - Credit: Gage Skidmore/flickr

Mike Huckabee – Credit: Gage Skidmore/flickr

— Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee, in remarks made to the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention, held in Nashville, Tenn., in February. His comments were videotaped and uploaded to YouTube over the weekend by the conservative news outlet World Net Daily, as first reported by Buzz Feed. The former Arkansas governor warned fellow conservatives that they might be “ridiculed and scorned” for opposing transgender rights.

“For those who do not think that we are under threat,” he said, “simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man.”

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