KELO-TV is following up on Mother Jones‘s story about Representative Fred Deutsch’s (R-4/Florence) role in the nationwide fundegelical jihad against transgender Americans. The story came to light because one of Deutsch’s collaborators, transgender transitioner, detransitioner, and now retransitioner Elisa Shupe, decided to release the emails Deutsch’s cabal looped her in on.
Shupe said the tipping point for her in deciding share the emails was a need for transparency. “I was behind the curtain. I knew how sleazy this whole thing was, and I was probably the only person with any morals that was willing to state that,” she told KELOLAND News.
…“Their goal was to inflict maximum harm,” Shupe said. “The public face of all this is, ‘We have respect and compassion for trans people, and we just want to help them get better,’ — behind the scenes — they’re talking about, ‘We need to destroy these folks. Their values don’t match ours. They’re heathens, this is Sodom and Gomorrah and we need to get rid of these folks’” [Jacob Newton, “‘Their Goal Was to Inflict Maximum Harm’: Behind the Scenes of the Anti-Trans Movement,” KELO-TV, 2023.03.13].
But Shupe is a complicated character whose participation in Deutsch’s plot and now this exposé creates some moral questions. Among the comments that stand out in Shupe’s conversation with Newton is her apparent blaming of Democrats for letting this anti-trans war happen:
“I really fault the Democrats for this,” she said. “The Republicans are locked and loaded for war — all out war — they’ve gotten their s[***] together behind the scenes,” she said. “They came into this in the last six months ready to annihilate the trans community” [Newton, 2023.03.13].
Hmmm… the same moral/historical logic could lead us to say, “I really fault the Jews for Kristallnacht. The Nazis have gotten their s*** together.”
Kudos to Shupe for promoting transparency in public policy… but no kudos for moral reasoning.