Swalwell Jabs Jim Jordan Right Where It Should Hurt Over Trans Bill

Swalwell got in a lot of great jabs at Thursday’s hearing about a bill that bans “biological men” from competing in women’s Olympics and amateur sports. But the bill apparently says nothing about protecting girls from the humiliation or worse of having to undergo gender inspections.

Swalwell began with his first swing at Jordan, a guy who has been repeatedly accused of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse on the OSU wrestling team when he was an assistant coach: “I guess it’s a good thing that some folks on the other side are now interested in what happens in a locker room. And we’re not going to look the other way.” Swalwell spoke in a deceptively agreeable tone of voice.

Then Swalwell noted that Congress is ignoring real problems while focusing on this phony one. “This is something that is not a thing,” he continued. “We have things happening in our community that are a thing: Kids getting mowed down by assault rifles at their school – that’s a thing. Young women in their community having IVF treatments banned – that’s a thing. Women being forced into government-mandated pregnancies – that’s a thing. And those are all things that we can address in this committee.” But of course, they won’t.

Next, he zeroed in on what is probably the worst part of the bill. How the heck is a gender-check going to be conducted? And by whom? “Seems a little creepy that we don’t know who’s going to be determining genders here,” Swalwell said.

Apparently, nobody knew. Rep. Harriet Hageman, the apparent sponsor, passed the buck: “Well, according to the US Boxing transgender policy, they’re the ones that plan on doing the [inspecting],” she said.

“What are they inspecting?” Swalwell asked.

“I guess you’re going to have to ask the Boxing association.” Hageman replied.

“Shouldn’t you know?” Swalwell almost shouted. “It’s your bill!”

Then, after reiterating, “This is not a thing,” Swalwell closed with another jab at Jordan: “Thank you for caring about what happens in locker rooms.”

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