Because MSNBC isn't interested in debate or alternative points of view, the hosts of Morning Joe on Wednesday turned to Alphonso David, the president of Human Rights Campaign to bash Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing a bill to protect women’s sports. According to David, DeSantis is only doing this for “political gain.”
“All of the medical associations: American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, they all oppose these bills,” said David. “It's not based on science and yet he's advancing this bill and has now signed this bill which is blatantly unlawful, it’s arbitrary, and it’s based on bias. So we're suing him and we're bringing him and the state of Florida to court.”
Here's the type of softball question co-host Willie Geist asked, "So let's talk about what's exactly -- just so people understand, what is inside this bill, what does it do practically? How would it affect athletes in the state of Florida?"
Other groups that are going after DeSantis and the state of Florida for this bill include the ACLU and the NCAA.
Since these groups and the hosts at Morning Joe don’t seem to grasp the obvious fact that there are biological differences between men and women, Connecticut track star Selina Soule lost athletic opportunities due to having to compete against biological boys. She, along with other female athletes in Connecticut, filed a lawsuit with Alliance Defending Freedom against the Connecticut Association of Schools for allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports. Soule joined DeSantis when the bill was signed.
"My chances of being first, of being the best, were shattered," Soule said before the signing of the bill. "Everyone should have the chance to participate in sports, but they need to compete where it's most fair."
According to the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, this bill maintains opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and athletic abilities and to provide them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and numerous other long-term benefits that result from participating and competing in athletic endeavors.
Despite this noncontroversial bill that the media is foaming at the mouth over, hosts of Morning Joe were not thrilled at all.
“I believe that these bills, in effect, violate federal law,” said David. “The Supreme Court has already said that LGBTQ people are protected under federal civil rights laws where they prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, and our education law certainly does that.”
David should probably consider looking into Title IX.
During the signing of the bill yesterday, Governor DeSantis made it clear he was not backing down or cowering to the leftist mob.
“In Florida we’re gonna do what’s right,” said DeSantis. “We’ll stand up to corporations. They are not going to dictate the policies in this state. We will stand up to groups like the NCAA who think that they should be able to dictate the policies in different states. Not here, not ever.”
Here is a transcript:
MSNBC's Morning Joe
8:54 a.m. Eastern
ALPHONSO DAVID: Yesterday Governor DeSantis signed a bill into law that would ban transgender female athletes from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. Now, you would ask, “why is he doing this?” He’s doing this all for political gain. All of the medical associations: American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, they all oppose these bills. It's not based on science and yet he's advancing this bill and has now signed this bill which is blatantly unlawful, it’s arbitrary, and it’s based on bias. So we're suing him and we're bringing him and the state of Florida to court.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Okay.
WILLIE GEIST: So let's talk about what's exactly -- just so people understand, what is inside this bill, what does it do practically? How would it affect athletes in the state of Florida?
DAVID: So it's still confusing because they've changed the essential provisions of the law, but at its core, it says if you are a transgender female athlete, you cannot participate in sports consistent with your gender identity. You may be required to show your birth certificate before you can actually participate. There is also some confusion about how this law is actually going to be enforced because there were enforcement provisions that were removed before the bill was actually signed and it goes to the core issue here, which is DeSantis and anti-equality forces are in search of a problem that doesn't exist. So they're passing these bills in order to mobilize their base. We know this because the Americans' Principles Project told The New York Times in 2019, "The bathroom bills no longer work. We have to target younger people in order to mobilize our base. Younger, transgender people. When you shift from the bathroom ads to the wrestler ads we mobilize our base.”
AL SHARPTON: Let me -- two points. What would be the basis -- the basis of the lawsuit is discrimination or civil rights? And secondly, enforcement, what are they saying are the ways they're going to enforce it? I mean, are they going to inspect people? How do you enforce something like this?
DAVID: Well let's deal with the enforcement question first, that's part of the confusion. Are you going to say to a transgender athlete, prove to me that you are a boy or a girl and demonstrate that by showing me your birth certificate? And who’s actually going to be doing that? Is that the department of education, is that the school district? Is that the attorney general’s office? Is that the district attorney’s office? That's still unclear. In terms of the basis for our lawsuit, we'll be outlining that in the very near future, but yes, discrimination. I believe that these bills, in effect, violate federal law. The Supreme Court has already said that LGBTQ people are protected under federal civil rights laws where they prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, and our education law certainly does that.