Donald Trump wants law confirming genders as male and female
Donald Trump has vowed to go to war with “Left-wing gender insanity” and push for legislation that only recognises two genders if he is re-elected, as he looks to reignite momentum for his 2024 presidential campaign.
In a video posted to his Truth Social site, Mr Trump outlined his plan to push schools to “promote positive education about the nuclear family”, punish doctors offering gender reassignment care and bar transgender women from competing on women’s sports teams
The former president announced the wide-ranging set of policies to use federal power to target transgender people as conservatives nationwide become increasingly concerned about such issues.
He said he also plans to pass a law barring minors from receiving gender-affirming health care “in all 50 states” and to direct the Justice Department to investigate the pharmaceutical industry and individual hospitals to determine whether they “deliberately covered up horrific long-term side effects of sex transitions in order to get rich.”
“No serious country should be telling its children that they were born with the wrong gender,” Mr Trump said in the video. “Under my leadership, this madness will end,” he said.
He also falsely claimed that being transgender is a concept that the “radical Left” manufactured “just a few years ago.”
Mr Trump’s proposals are among the most draconian compared to the many that have circulated among conservative lawmakers in the US Capitol.
The 76-year-old - so far the only candidate to officially declare his presidential bid for 2024 - has had a lacklustre start to his campaign. His attempts so far to rile conservatives beyond his base with red meat issues has largely been met with what has been dubbed “Trump fatigue”.
Eager to move on from Mr Trump, who is facing several criminal indictments, senior Republican figures and donors are quietly throwing their weight behind Ron DeSantis, urging the Florida governor to challenge the former president.
Mr DeSantis has also approved a number of controversial health and education policies that target transgender people, including a state rule that prohibits transgender individuals from using Medicaid to help pay for gender-affirming health care and a law barring talk of gender identity and sexual orientation in public school classrooms.
Five other Republican-leaning states have enacted bans or restrictions on gender-affirming care for minors over the past two years: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee and Utah.
Polls on Mr Trump's chances have been mixed. In what could be a highly competitive presidential primary, likely Republican voters in the key state of New Hampshire told a New Hampshire University survey that they preferred Mr DeSantis over Mr Trump by a 12-point margin - 42 per cent to 30 per cent, respectively.
Frank Luntz, a pollster who has advised numerous Republican campaigns said he believes that Mr Trump is all washed up, predicting the much-younger Mr DeSantis, 44, will be the Republican nominee next election.
“I used to think that Trump was the prohibitive favourite but, now that he’s below 50 per cent and the first vote is still a year away, he’s bleeding support,” said Mr Luntz.