This Washington Post “Fact Check” Will Make Your Head Explode

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Michelle Ye Hee Lee at The Washington Post decided to “fact check” Ted Cruz today on a statement he made to Glenn Beck last week about the transgender bathroom issue:

You’ve got the Obama Education Department suing to try to force junior highs to let teenage boys shower with teenage girls. That’s crazy.

As we’ve seen in the past, readers should be wary of self-proclaimed “fact-checkers,” as there is almost always a hidden agenda. PolitiFact, for example, has demonstrated itself to be biased and wrong on several different occasions.

Right out of the gates, Lee pushes a pretty ridiculous agenda and asserts it as “fact”:

The national debate over transgender rights is centered on whether or not transgender people should be able to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify, or that was assigned to them at birth. The bathroom issue has pitted advocates of transgender rights against those who believe expanding transgender access to bathrooms threatens individual right to privacy. Cruz supports the latter.

What further complicates this issue is that when Cruz and others who oppose transgender rights refer to the person’s biological sex, not the one with which the person identifies. “Transgender” is the umbrella term for people who identify with a gender that does not match their biological sex. A transgender boy is born as a girl. A transgender girl is born as a boy.

It’s important to note that it is Cruz’s opinion that transgender teenagers should be referred to by the gender that matches their chromosomes — even though this is not the norm with transgender labels. So when Cruz says “teenage boys,” he is talking about high school students who look, dress, identify and live as girls and are treated as girls by their families, classmates and administrators.

There is a lot to take issue with, but let’s jump to the logical conclusion of Lee’s final paragraph. She claims that transgender girls (i.e. biological males) are individuals who “look, dress, identify, and live as girls and are treated as girls by their families, classmates and administrators.” She uses this explanation to debunk Cruz’s entire premise that the Obama Administration is pushing boys to shower with girls.

Here’s my question for Lee. Does this mean heterosexual males are now supposed to willfully date transgender females — who are biological males? Is it now bigotry for heterosexual males to not display a sexual attraction to transgender females? After all, they should be treated as fully female, right?

This isn’t much of a leap. The Huffington Post published a piece earlier this year, “What It’s Like To Date As a Transgender Teen,” implying that heterosexual males were indeed bigoted for not finding a fellow biological male attractive:

However, Jazz’s reality is that boys thus far haven’t shown interest in her.

“Boys aren’t really accepting of me because I’m transgender,” she explains. “Not many guys have crushes on me — at least, at my school. They think that if they like me, they’ll be called ‘gay’ by their friends because they like another ‘boy.’”

Though Jazz has been presenting as female since age 5, she says that the boys at her school still don’t see her as a girl. It can be an incredibly difficult matter to face, but Jazz credits her family with giving her the strength to always stand in her truth.

Would anybody be shocked if this ends up becoming the reality as our society embraces gender fluidity? Are we even five years away?

Oh, but wait, Lee has more:

When Cruz says teenage boys are forced to shower with teenage girls, he uses slippery language. He is referring to transgender girls (born as boys) showering with non-transgender girls (born as girls). The Obama administration’s interpretation does support that: giving transgender boys and girls access to the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify. But this could also be interpreted by the public as if Cruz is referring to non-transgender boys showering with non-transgender girls.

In other words, Cruz is wrong and using “slippery language” because, according to Lee, the self-proclaimed “fact-checker,” transgender women with biological male sex organs are women because they say so. It would be incorrect to imply that there is anything strange about allowing biological males with biological male sex organs to shower with biological women. Right. The Emperor’s clothes are beautiful.

Please continue, Ms. Lee:

Opponents of the law say this is the danger of actions like that of the Obama administration. But even in schools that have to allow transgender students to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity, there are still opportunities for any students to maintain privacy by using a private facility or being separated by curtains.

This is a classic case of a politician using rhetoric to obfuscate and simplify a complex issue, earning him Two Pinocchios.

Well hey! There’s a compromise. Girls who don’t want to shower with biological males — I’m sorry, transgender females who are totally actually females — are welcome to shower alone behind a curtain, but only after they ask for a curtain and force the school to create an accommodation for them, presumably after a lot of paperwork, a lot of hassle, and potentially a lawsuit.

As John Kasich might say, “This is just nuts, isn’t it? Geez, oh man.

Jon Schweppe is the Communications Director for American Principles Project. Follow him on Twitter @JonSchweppe