Democrats Double Down on Identity Politics With Transgender, Muslim, Minority Candidates
On Tuesday, Democrats in various states took up the identity politics banner, pushing candidates who fit the minority mold. The August 14 primaries elevated transgender, Muslim, black, and socialist candidates, further cementing the Democratic Party's national radical identity politics brand.
Here are four elections (and one larger trend) illustrating this general move.
1. Transgender: Christine Hallquist.
Former CEO Christine Hallquist, born Dave Hallquist, is a man who identifies as a woman. Hallquist won the Democratic primary in the Vermont governor's race Tuesday night, defeating a former intern for Bernie Sanders, an environmental activist, and a 14-year-old boy.
Last night, this former CEO became the first transgender candidate to win a major party nomination in a governor's race. Transgender candidates have already won primaries for U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) congratulated Hallquist on the victory.
While people with gender dysphoria (the condition of persistently identifying with the gender opposite their birth sex) do exist, transgender identity arguably does more harm than good. No matter how many hormones and surgeries he or she has, a transgender person will never fully be able to excise their biological sex. Transgender identity, by definition, is an attempt to reverse biological sex — but DNA cannot change.
Furthermore, many transgender people later reject their newfound identities. Those who have taken hormones and surgery are left permanently scarred, and some of them have said "it's not a cure at all." Celebrating these "medical" solutions is similar to encouraging starvation for anorexic people. If a woman labors under the misconception that she is fat, the loving response isn't to encourage anorexia and tell her to stop eating. Rather, it is far more loving to insist on the truth, even if she does not want to hear it.
Mainstreaming transgenderism is dangerous, and psychologists have already noted that it has become a fad for young people. Almost 40 children per week, many of them 4 years old, are referred to transgender clinics in the UK.
Even so, Democrats celebrated Hallquist's win, embracing this identity and referring to the transgender candidate as a she.