Conservative hate group sending men into women’s bathroom at Target

The American Family Association announced earlier this week that they will be “testing” Target’s policy that allows customer and employees to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. And by “testing” they mean “sending men into women’s bathrooms.”

As the group’s director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, told Breitbart News Daily, “I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom, and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposition of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be that people will not be stopped. We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier.”

Setting aside for the moment that the men who the American Family Association will be sending into these bathrooms are likely to be, as Josh Marshall quipped, “what probably amount to men’s rights activists,” there’s an odd new logic behind this “test.” The American Family Association isn’t quite saying that trans women are predators, per se, as has been the case in the past. Instead, they’re saying that trans women don’t exist, because trans isn’t a thing, and that trans-inclusive policies open the door for actual predators — who may choose to identify as trans for the purpose of being a predator — to wreak havoc in the ladies’ room.


Either way, this “test” sounds an awful lot like the voter fraud “tests” that conservative activists have conducted in recent years trying to prove that Democrats are the moral equivalent of the mob — engaging in voter fraud and campaign finance violations in an attempt to prove how easy it would be for Democrats to do the same thing. He almost always comes up with nothing. That is, unless he commits the fraud himself.

Most recently, conservative activist James O’Keefe called a press conference to alert reporters to the fact that he had “caught” Hillary Clinton’s campaign engaging in campaign finance violations by selling a campaign shirt to someone who then gave the shirt to a foreign citizen. As it turned out, Clinton’s campaign had not broken the law, but O’Keefe probably did.

All this is to say that when conservatives warn us that a progressive policy has left the door open for all kinds of bad things to happen, they’re projecting. The only people we have to watch out for are the people warning us to watch out.

Conservative men are now infinitely more likely than trans women to use the wrong bathroom at Target.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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