Ron DeSantis Emasculates Snotty Reporter Over 'Gender-Affirming Care' for Children

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An activist judge struck down Florida's ban on "gender-affirming care" for minors on Tuesday, delivering a setback to Gov. Ron DeSantis' attempt to protect children. The ruling claimed the law it was "unconstitutional" because it denied "medically appropriate care." 


Judge Robert L. Hinkle stated in his decision that "gender identity is real," using his power to legalize the mutilation of children.

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U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled the ban is unconstitutional at least in part because it applies even when gender-affirming care for minors is “medically appropriate,” according to the judgment.

Hinkle said in the ruling that “gender identity is real”—something he has emphasized in at least one past ruling—and the gender-affirming care the state sought to ban is often recognized as “proper treatment” for people suffering gender dysphoria due to their identity not matching their sex at birth.

Let me help Hinkle out. The only time it is "medically appropriate" to give children sex change surgeries, pump them full of cross-sex hormones, or chemically castrate them is never. It is not only wrong to enable such insanity, but it's outright disturbing. It's the kind of thing you'd expect from a certain historical fascist regime.

Of course, this isn't the final say, and if you've paid attention to DeSantis' tenure, you know he'll eventually win this battle just like he's won all the rest. These are temporary setbacks, nothing more. Still, the press took its deranged victory lap, and one reporter tried to get snotty with the governor over the ruling, suggesting it was a waste of taxpayer money to fight it. 


REPORTER: Your office told us that you plan to appeal the gender-affirming ruling from yesterday. So my question today, since we're talking about the budget of taxpayer dollars, why should taxpayer dollars go to this case for the appeal?

DESANTIS: Because it's wrong to mutilate minors. It is wrong to perform a sex change on a 16-year-old. You're not allowed to get a tattoo, but somehow, you can have your privates cut off? Give me a break. This is wrong, and I would also say, this has already been decided by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. They upheld Alabama's law, which was almost identical to Florida's law. This will be reversed, there's no question it will be reversed. 

Think about it. When the Founding Fathers were creating the Constitution, and when the First Congress passed the Bill of Rights, or even when they passed the reconstruction amendments in the 1860s, do you think a single person involved in that thought that there was a constitutional right to do this genital mutilation? It's ridiculous. Of course, a state can protect children. 

That last line is really what it comes down to. The idea that a state can't pass laws that protect children from provable harm, even in the name of "transitioning," is ludicrous. The same logic would suppose a parent can cut their child's arm off if they decide it's harmful to their mental health. "Gender-affirming care," which does no such thing, is abuse. 

With that said, why wouldn't it be a good use of taxpayer money to defend a law that protects children? If the government can't be counted on to do that, then what's the point of having a government? Never mind that left-wingers like the reporter in question have zero issue with blowing money on all kinds of incredibly stupid stuff, but he wants to draw the line at stopping the mutilation of children. How convenient.


DeSantis then went on to explain how the game is played and why he's keen to fight back.

DESANTIS: This idea of using tax dollars because the media will point out, "Oh, the state is spending money to do." So if you say that we shouldn't do that, you're saying that any liberal judge should be able to veto the policy of the State of Florida because they go to the same judges every time, we lost almost every time, and we win on appeal almost every time. 

That's what happens so if you're not willing to defend Florida's duly-enacted statutes against liberal jurisprudence, then you're basically saying the people of Florida shouldn't govern themselves and that we should just turn over our destiny to some trial judge somewhere. That I refuse to do.

He could have walked off the stage at that point and won the argument, but DeSantis wasn't done. He launched into an explanation of what motivates the "gender-affirming care" industry while destroying the euphemism in the process.

DESANTIS: What this is doing, when they're doing a sex change on a teenager, there's a lot of people that want to make money off that, consequences be damned, they're lining their pockets and they could care less about what's going to happen to that teenager when they become 25, which many regret and have big-time problems as a result of that. 

But it's also just a fact of, you used the term "gender-affirming-care," which is what media uses and what the left uses. You're not affirming that. You're trying to change their basic biology, which you can not do. You can not do that. How you're born is what you are. And so I think it's about, are we going to be rooted in truth as a society or not? And if we're rooted in truth, then you would say, of course, you can't do these surgeries because it's not going to take and transform somebody that's a male into a female. So we'll win that appeal.


That's really how you have to handle this topic. Do not ever give up the premise because the moment you do, the argument is over. Someone can't change their sex. "Gender identity" is new-age garbage that absconds from the only certain truth, which is biological sex. Just as importantly, it's harmful to children. Florida will win this. It must win this.


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