Phillip Andrew Hamilton, a Republican candidate running for the Virginia state senate, says schools simply must be indoctrinating children and poisoning their minds because his own 13-year-old child is a nonbinary bisexual.
Repeatedly misgendering his child while appearing on the right-wing web show In The Trenches With Teddy Daniels, Hamilton said, “Last year, she came out to me and said, ‘Well, Dad, I’m bisexual.’ And this is when she was 12 years old. I said, ‘You’re too young to be really going into whether or not you’re bisexual. You’re not a dating age.’ And she dismissed me, unfortunately.”
“I found out later on last year that the problem was much worse than just being bisexual,” Hamilton added. “She came out and said, ‘Well, I’m no longer being identified as a she. I’m a they/them.’”
Hamilton then said that, even though his ex-wife and her family supported the child’s identities, he wouldn’t.
“I told my daughter, ‘You need to go to the church. You need to realize that this is not the right path for you,’” he said. “I asked her, ‘What teachers indoctrinated you with this?’ and she refused to tell me. And it infuriates me to this day that the public education system has poisoned the mind of my own daughter.”
Hamilton appeared on the web show to discuss the recent shooting in Nashville, Tennessee noting that the suspected shooter is possibly transgender. Hamilton added that trans issues are “very personal” to him because public school teachers turned his kid into a nonbinary bisexual, Right Wing Watch noted.
Right-wingers have long claimed that young people coming to terms with their possible queer identities are actually just “confused” or have been “indoctrinated” by teachers, peers, and media that essentially pressure them into identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. These arguments have been used to claim that all LGBTQ+ content should be banned from schools.
Though Hamilton spoke with host Frankie Stockes, the web show they appeared on is named after Teddy Daniels, a former Republican candidate for Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor who has been thrice accused by women of threatening and abusive behavior. Daniels has said that the people who bring up these accusations are a bunch of “purple-haired sissies.”