BY CHARISMA MADARANG JANUARY 31, 2023
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Legacy Sports USA on October 09, 2022
in Mesa, Arizona. MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES
IN HIS BID for re-election, former President Donald Trump released a video on Tuesday and outlined a sweeping set of proposals to wield federal power to attack transgender people.
In the video, posted to Truth Social on Tuesday, Trump vowed to pass a law in Congress banning gender-affirming care for minors nationwide, and to punish doctors who provided this type of treatment, threatening to cut off doctors from Medicare and Medicaid. He also said that if reelected, he would push schools to “promote positive education about the nuclear family,” and pass a law that would recognize only two genders— male and female—under the U.S. government.
In the announcement, Trump said he would give federal agencies the authority to police and ultimately “stop” gender-affirming care for minors—which he equated to “child sexual mutilation”— in all 50 states.
“It’ll go very quickly,” Trump said of the proposed nationwide ban. “The left-wing gender insanity being pushed on our children is an act of child abuse—very simple.”