Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden suggested that children as young as eight-years-old should be allowed to change their gender identity if they decide they “want to be transgender.”
The comment came on Thursday night at an election town hall hosted by ABC News, where a woman who said one of her two daughters is transgender asked Biden what he would do to protect LGBTQ rights. The former vice president said, “I will flat out just change the law.” He then told a story about seeing two gay men kissing each other and being told by his father, “Joey, it’s simple, they love each other.”
Biden next turned to the topic of child transgenderism: “The idea that an eight-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides, ‘You know, I decided I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be, it’d make my life a lot easier,’ there should be zero discrimination.” He later added, “There is no reason to suggest that there should be any right denied your daughter… that your other daughter has a right to be and do.”
The idea that an 8 year old child or a 10 year old decides “You know I wanna be transgender,” should be zero discrimination.Joe Biden encourages child transgenderism?? pic.twitter.com/2jev6H7Mlp
— MRCTV (@mrctv) October 16, 2020
Biden’s apparent support for childhood transgenderism was panned on Twitter, where commenters pointed out the dangers of letting children below the age of consent decide to make a radical life change with long-term effects.
“Sure, because any parent who has sat there and listened to their kids change their minds on Halloween costumes 10 times in a month thinks this is a good idea,” one observer tweeted. Another said, “It’s almost like let them sign a mortgage for lifetime because it makes them happy at the time.” Still another commenter said, “Eight-year-olds decide a lot of things that are stupid. This is disturbing. I can’t see normal people buying into that insanity.”
Sure, because any parent who has sat there and listened to their kids change their minds on Halloween costumes 10x in a month thinks this is a good idea……
— VS (@VS99392515) October 16, 2020
Wtf does 8 yr old know on decision like this. Almost like let them sign a mortgage for lifetime because it makes them happy at the time
— Sonny (@Sonny98380090) October 16, 2020
8 year olds decide a lot of things that are a stupid. This is disturbing. I can’t see normal people buying into that insanity.
— Americas Hat (@HatAmericas) October 16, 2020
Other Twitter users pointed out that Biden violated leftist doctrine on transgenderism by saying that children may decide they want to be transgender. “I thought you don’t decide to be trans – it’s immutable, according to the left,” one commenter said.
Oh, boy! @JoeBiden got it half right about transgender people – as far as providing protections. But it’s not a decision in the sense he made it sound. I think he needs to be educated further and I wish the mother would have spoken up and corrected him. It’s a body/mind anomaly.
— Caryl (@TuCroisSavoir) October 16, 2020
But I thought that you don’t decide to be trans it’s immutable according to the left
— Plebbles (@Tall_Individual) October 16, 2020
Research has shown that the “vast majority” of children who are confused about their gender identity change their minds by puberty, podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey said. “We’re talking life-altering, body-harming decisions made by 1st graders.” She added that Biden’s “radical” stance on transgenderism and legislative plans by Democrats will erode parental rights.
Parents—Joe Biden & the Dems’ radical stance on young children deciding upon gender transition will come at the expense of your care and authority as parents. Under the Equality Act & a packed SCOTUS, you can kiss parental rights goodbye. https://t.co/96hrpWuAyY
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) October 16, 2020
But Biden supporters said such fears are being overblown and that the Democrat candidate is on the right track. “I cringe at how people want to criticize him for talking about a decision to be transgender,” one commenter said. “Every person who decides to pursue who they deeply are in the face of potential stigma has made a brave decision.” Another said, “This was an amazing moment. That mother was heard. This brought tears to my eyes.”
Allie Beth, if you weren’t working so hard to stir up fear and paranoia about anything and everything, what kind of real job would you try to get?
— WomenWhoHateTrump💜America (@Fems2Good4Trump) October 16, 2020
Good stuff. I cringe at how people want to criticize him for talking about a decision to be transgender. Every person who DECIDES to pursue WHO THEY DEEPLY ARE in the face of potential stigma has made a brave decision! If you want to find fault with every word, you will.
— Emily Alp (@EmilyAlp) October 16, 2020
This was an amazing moment. That mother was heard. This brought tears to my eyes. Joe has so much compassion.
— Geni (@geni_cthegood) October 16, 2020