West Virginia governor stumbles hard to defend anti-trans bill
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice should have been more prepared when he took to MSNBC to defend the heinous anti-trans bill he signed on Wednesday.
Justice appeared on Reports by Stephanie Ruhle Thursday, where Ruhle repeatedly asked why he would sign a bill banning transgender girls and women from participating in gender-appropriate sports. Justice couldn’t cite an example of a high school or college trans athlete having an unfair advantage over his cisgender peers, but claimed that as a girls athletic trainer he just felt the legislation was needed.
Ruhle insisted, asking for specific evidence that female trans athletes caused problems for cisgender athletes. “But sir, you have no example of what’s going on,” Ruhle said, growing increasingly frustrated.
Ruhle asked the governor why an anti-trans bill that claims to solve a problem that doesn’t exist was a priority for his state. Ruhle pointed out that West Virginia ranks almost last among states in health care, education, economy and infrastructure.
“Well, Stephanie, I didn’t [the bill] a priority. It was not my bill, ”the justice responded, saying there were only about 12“ transgender type ”children in the state.
“You signed it,” Ruhle said, refusing to allow the governor to have it both ways. “Come back when you can show me some evidence.”
Watch the exchange below.