Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said that fighting for transgender equality is “exactly” the same as what the Taliban is doing in Afghanistan.
Linking an article about trans athlete Alana McLaughlin winning her first professional MMA fight, Greene said that Democrats proved that they don’t care about women.
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“Cheering on a biological man while he beats a woman is not a sport, that’s exactly what the Taliban does,” she tweeted.
“Joe Biden abandoned Americans to the Taliban terrorists who beat women and treat them like dogs and the Democrats want to give a guy in a dress the right to beat us in our own sports and invade our privacy in our bathrooms,” she continued.
Joe Biden abandoned Americans to the Taliban terrorists who beat women and treat them like dogs and the Democrats want to give a guy in a dress the right to beat us in our own sports and invade our privacy in our bathrooms.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) September 13, 2021
Last Friday, McLaughlin won in her first professional fight against Céline Provost, leading to massive online harassment as people accused McLaughlin of “cheating” because she is transgender.
Others, like Greene, took the criticism further and accused McLaughlin of violence against women, even though both McLaughlin and Provost are women who voluntarily entered an MMA fight knowing that it would be a fight.
“I train with men that are stronger than me all of the time,” Provost told The Guardian about the fight. “It doesn’t bother me at all. We need to show that MMA is an inclusive sport.”
Moreover, it should go without saying that the Taliban is not an LGBTQ-friendly organization. Last week, human rights groups sent a letter to the Biden administration urging them to help LGBTQ refugees escape Afghanistan as the Taliban takes over.
“Same-sex activity was already criminalized before the Taliban took control, but the new regime’s mandate to rule with Sharia law makes the fate of LGBTQI Afghans even more precarious, subjecting them to the very real possibility of a death sentence,” the letter states. “There are already alarming reports from LGBTQI Afghans about their fear of living under Taliban rule, with many saying that they have gone into hiding in fear for their lives.”
The letter cited a Taliban judge who said: “For homosexuals, there can be two punishments: either stoning or he must stand behind a wall that will fall down on him.”
Sixty-three Congressmembers, led by out Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), signed a letter asking Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to help LGBTQ refugees get out of Afghanistan.
“While we appreciate that the situation in Afghanistan is fluid, you have the power to protect the lives of countless LGBTQ+ Afghans from the horrors they face living under a regime that threatens their very existence,” the letter said.