Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw grilled Dr. Meredithe McNamara, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale, who was supposedly an “expert witness” opposing a measure to ban transgender medical treatments for minors. Her attempts to be condescending fell flat when it became apparent that Crenshaw had done his homework on this issue – possibly more than she had.
Read that article or watch the video to see how Crenshaw politely and skillfully gutted her claims like a carp, forcing her to confront the fact that a British Medical Journal review of 61 studies couldn’t turn up any evidence that “puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries in young people” have any positive benefits. When she tried to change the subject to the high standards of care that kids subjected to this butchery (my term) receive, Crenshaw used an excuse blocker on her:
He said, “The standards of care — that’s not a journal, that’s not a study, that’s not an organization, that’s not an institution. You’re just saying words. Name one study.”
Spoiler alert: she couldn’t.
Related: If you’d like an eye-opening lesson in why our military is falling behind China and can’t fill its recruit quotas, then grab a barf bag and listen to this. It’s a speech by the US Space Force’s Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, Lieutenant General Deanna Burt. She spoke earlier this month at the Pentagon’s 12th Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration. Her topic: denouncing state laws that ban the grooming and “transing” of children as somehow undermining military readiness. I can see why they named her a top space cadet.
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