The school year is ending, and graduation and commencement ceremonies are underway, which means it’s also the time of year when politicians get invited to give speeches where they can put their bigotry on display. After all, who wouldn’t want to start their post-school life with special memories of one legislator’s extremism?
Well, University of Wyoming students wouldn’t, clearly. When a U.S. Senator representing the state used part of her speech to attack sex and gender diversity, the class wasn’t having it. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) focused her speech on changes in society. This transitioned quickly from her personal gripes about adapting to technology, to a two-minute-long commercial for Bitcoin, to full-blast right-wing propaganda.
The video below should begin at 49:25. If not, you can skip there to see the relevant portion (pop back to 46:50 if you want to watch her shill for crypto).
You woke up this morning with more individual freedom in the most creative, divinely inspired nation on earth. The transformations and disruptions I have alluded to are testing those very freedoms beyond watch. There are those in government who believe not that the creator endowed us with inalienable rights, as the founders of our nation acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence, but that government created those rights, and the government should redefine those rights, including our rights to freedom of speech, religion, property, assembly, and to keep and bear arms. Even fundamental scientific truths such as the existence of two sexes, male and female, are subject to challenge these days.
After booing, she tried to backtrack, saying, “I’m not commenting on the fact that there are people who transition between sexes.”
This wasn’t well-received either, and Lummis quickly shifted to other political matters, including complaints about public health measures during a pandemic.
Oil City News reports that Lummis issued a nonpology, in which she maintained that there are two sexes and that “these differences need to be recognized,” but said she “didn’t mean to make anyone feel unwelcomed or disrespected.”
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com