‘At Any Age’: Trump Doesn’t Want Trans People
On January 31, 2023, Donald Trump posted a video to Truth Social about how, if reelected president in 2024, he intends to make it broadly illegal or impossible for trans people to have our genders.
I believe in refraining from casually sharing transphobic messages in the hopes that I can avoid accidentally amplifying them. I share them deliberately only when the offense seems significant and when I have time to pick them apart and reveal their internally broken mechanisms. In this case, the threat is so explicitly detailed and so severe that I think it’s important to know exactly what Trump said. I watched the video because Alejandra Caraballo and Ari Drennen shared it; I might not have heard about it otherwise.
Below, I’ve transcribed the two-minute clip I saw. (Update: Within a couple days, he removed it from his 2024 campaign website, but the Wayback Machine had already archived it.)
Transcript of Trump’s remarks (emphasis mine):
The left-wing gender insanity being pushed on our children is an act of child abuse. (Very simple.) Here’s my plan to stop the chemical, physical, and emotional mutilation of our youth. On Day 1, I will revoke Joe Biden’s cruel policies on so-called gender-affirming care. (Ridiculous.) A process that involves giving kids puberty blockers, mutating their physical appearance, and ultimately performing surgery on minor children. (Can you believe this?) I will sign a new executive order instructing every federal agency to cease all programs that promote the concept of sex and gender transition at any age. I will then ask Congress to permanently stop federal taxpayer dollars from being used to promote or pay for these procedures. And pass a law prohibiting child sexual mutilation in all 50 states. (It’ll go very quickly.) I will declare that any hospital or healthcare provider that participates in the chemical or physical mutilation of minor youth will no longer meet…