Former Trump official Nikki Haley has attacked Joe Biden for issuing an order enforcing LGBT+ non-discrimination protections.
In one of his first acts in office, Biden issued a landmark order to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The order seized upon the Supreme Court’s 2020 ruling that anti-LGBT+ discrimination violates civil rights laws barring discrimination based on sex, in a repudiation of the Trump administration’s stance.
Haley, an anti-LGBT Republican who served as ambassador to the United Nations under Donald Trump, seized upon a narrative pushed by ‘gender critical’ activists by suggesting that respecting the basic civil rights of LGBT+ people harms women.
Nikki Haley claims that Joe Biden is ‘attacking women’s rights’.
Writing for the National Review, she claimed: “In one of his first acts as president, he signed an executive order paving the way for a federal mandate that all schools receiving federal funding let biological men play on women’s sports teams.
“The order was framed as a matter of transgender rights. But really, it was an attack on women’s rights.”
She continued: “If this trend isn’t stopped, the achievements of so many brave women over so many years will be erased. That’s wrong. It’s insulting. And women know it, too… [but] they’re just afraid to speak out, because they know they’ll be silenced and called bigots.
“But we’re not bigots. We’re women. And we need to be heard, not silenced. We also need the backing of those who should know better. Most feminists are missing in action right now. They should be on the front lines of this fight. Men should get off the sidelines, too.”
Republicans claim to ‘defend women’ with attacks on LGBT+ rights.
The spurious claims that trans women are crowding out women’s sports have been advanced by anti-LGBT+ Republicans in state legislatures to push discriminatory bills that seek to legally erase trans teens and force schools to discriminate against them.
Meanwhile, in reality, in the eight Olympics that transgender women have been explicitly eligible to compete in women’s categories, they have achieved a ground-breaking haul of zero gold medals, zero silver medals, and zero bronze medals.
The newly-inspired defender of women’s rights is less a fan of giving women the right to access basic healthcare, consistently supporting laws as governor of South Carolina intended to restrict access to women’s health services that provide abortions.
During her time as UN ambassador, Haley embraced anti-LGBT+ activists and stood in the way of a measure to condemn the imposition of the death penalty for homosexuality.