They want people to stop recognizing SPLC-designated hate groups.
One might think that given the past four years, given Charlottesville, given the increase in far-right hate groups not seen since before the Oklahoma City bombing, hate crimes hitting a 16-year-high, that — simply for the sake of keeping up appearances — any RNC resolution having to do with hate groups would be something along the lines of "hate groups are bad."
But we're not living in dogwhistle times. Those days are over. There is no reason to keep up appearances or to do the plausible deniability shuffle, because they know they can get elected without them.
So rather than denouncing hate groups, the resolution approved by the RNC is about opposing the Southern Poverty Law Center's identification of hate groups, due to SPLC's insistence upon designating right-wing hate groups as hate groups.
Court reminds schools that sex discrimination is illegal.
On Friday, the 11th Circuit issued an excellent decision in Adams v. School Board of St. Johns County, Florida, finding that schools violate students' civil and constitutional rights when they don't allow trans students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Because of this decision, trans students in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia will be able to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, rather than the sex they were assigned at birth. It is a HUGE win for trans kids!
As the court held,
A public school may not punish its students for gender nonconformity. Neither may a public school harm transgender students by establishing arbitrary, separate rules for their restroom use. The evidence at trial confirms that Mr. Adams suffered both these indignities. The record developed in the District Court shows that the School Board failed to honor Mr. Adams's rights under the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX.
Everyone give a hearty bye-bye to Merritt Corrigan!
Merritt Corrigan was once deputy White House liaison to the US Agency for International Development. Now, she's pursuing bigotry in the private sector. Corrigan was fired Monday after tweeting anti-gay, transphobic garbage. You could even say she was “cancelled" if you're the type of entitled, overgrown child who thinks you should never face any negative fallout for your gross words and deeds.
Corrigan peaced out yesterday in a self-indulgent tweetstorm. Bari Weiss would be proud.
A couple weeks ago, 20 Democratic representatives, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, suggested to Corrigan's boss, acting USAID Administrator John Barsa, that she might be happier someplace else. The former Republican National Committee staffer had a big ol' crush on Russia, frequently retweeting propaganda outlet Russia Today and praising the country's leadership, which is technically speaking fucked up.
No, not the one with Rachel Maddow, a different one.
Here's a fun one for your Friday, after another week spent in hell!
Mary Trump, AKA the only good Trump, who wrote the summer's hottest social distance beach reading book about her gross shitshow crime boss uncle and the rest of her gross shitshow crime family, did an interview with The Advocate, which is the official magazine of the gays. (Didn't know we LGBTQs had an official magazine? We don't, we just said a lie.)
We hate to be excited about this, but as we are personally a card-carrying member of the LGBTQs, we were delighted to find out Mary Trump is a lesbian. We knew we liked her for a reason, besides the whole thing about how she's completely willing to help tell all her gross crime family's secrets, including the kind that might land a couple of 'em in prison one day.
The interview is interesting for a number of reasons, but we really enjoyed the parts where she talked about her own "coming out" — there wasn't much of one — and how icky her family is about LGBTQ people in general.