Sessions, DeVos locked horns on protections for transgender students

Posted by | February 22, 2017 15:57 | Filed under: Politics

Talking Points Memo points us to this “buried lede’ in an article posted to the NY Times‘ web site:

[White House spokesman Sean] Spicer declined to discuss details of a rift on the issue between Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, and Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, who was adamant that the administration move quickly to reverse an order from the Obama administration that allowed transgender students to use the restroom of their gender identity. .

But Mr. Spicer said during a White House news conference that Ms. DeVos was “100 percent” supportive of the president’s decision.

Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions.

Mr. Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments.

But Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, these Republicans said, telling Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her objections. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along. The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday.

Though an official order from the administration was expected to be released as early as Wednesday, Mr. Sessions and Ms. DeVos were still disputing the final language.

Well, at least now we know the names of the top homophobes in the West Wing, and they don’t include the then-nominee who faced the toughest resistance from the Senate.

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4 responses to Sessions, DeVos locked horns on protections for transgender students

  1. Obewon February 22nd, 2017 at 20:29

    I call Faux Christian BS! Dumbest administration rolls back protections for transgender students! That’s what Saudi Arabian (R-Fundamentalist) mullahs do!

    Another Constitutionally Illiterate edict. You can get married, but you can’t use the bathroom. Because RWNJ’s are masquerading, or trolling LGBTQ!

    She should’ve resigned, instead of caving in to unconstitutional garbage: DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments. The USA was in noway founded as Christian Nation’-G. Washinton01’s Senate ratified Treaty of Tripoli signed into U.S. Law by POTUS Adams02.

  2. granpa.usthai February 22nd, 2017 at 23:43

    so, who in LIAR trump’s administration stands to profit from wall urinals placed in the girls bathrooms? surely these manly men don’t expect a female2male transgender to be forced to sit on the pottie like a little girl?

    also, a male2female transgender could possibly flash a breast nipple to some RWNJ FAKE xtian – could ruin the poor feller for life!

  3. CSN February 23rd, 2017 at 12:25

    It’s being left up to the states. How come, when I was young, in the 60’s and 70’s, we didn’t have all these troubled students with Gender Identity Disorder? Has our new society of accepting abnormal behaviors milked the idea so that it becomes a problem? We’re building bathrooms when we should be addressing the disorder in a clinical setting. The new crazy is the new normal.

  4. Gary Carlyle Cook February 28th, 2017 at 10:44

    To me it is just mental evolution playing out but certainly interesting to hear points and counterpoints from both sides of the debate.

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