This Trans Woman’s Viral Thread Explains Why You Can’t Be Republican And ‘Socially Liberal’

There is a section of people in the U.S. who claim to be “socially liberal,” but vote for Republicans because they’re “fiscally conservative.” Last Saturday night, Charlotte Clymer of the Human Rights Campaign met one that not only votes Republican, but works with the Trump administration. She took the opportunity to lay out exactly why you can’t call yourself liberal or claim to support trans women like Clymer while supporting Republicans.

Shout out to the good people working for the EPA and doing what they can right now.

Clymer goes on to explain why it rings hollow when anyone claims to support marginalized populations while voting for and supporting the Republican party, which has attempted to ban trans people from the military, fought to ban them from public restrooms including those in public education buildings, and is working to create an official definition of gender that erases trans people from existence entirely.

That, plus the thing about being “fiscally conservative” is that the programs you want to keep money out of usually help those you claim to support by being “socially liberal” the most.

Turns out “I’m a libertarian” isn’t a magic word that erases the harm you’re doing to real human beings.

But these guys just have to try it. And usually in the most inappropriate places.

The thread was shared on Twitter by comedian Sarah Silverman and has been blowing up all day. While some people are defending this anonymous “libertarian,” the thread is clearly resonating with the many, many individuals who have endured some version of him and are grateful that someone expressed what they were feeling.

Trans people in the U.S. (and likely everywhere else) face incredibly high rates of poverty compared to cisgender people. According to a survey conducted by the National Center on Transgender Equality, trans people are twice as likely to live in poverty as cis people. For trans people of color, the poverty rate reaches up to 43 percent. This is directly linked to policies regarding workplace discrimination and one’s ability to change the gender marker on official documents, which you often have to present to an employer in order to be hired.

So if you say you support trans people but you vote for a party that’s taking away their ability to make money without the safety net programs you don’t support, what exactly are you doing?