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Greg Abbott's Anti-Trans Jab At Obama Doesn't Even Make Sense

He says he wants to protect his "Texas values."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) opposes transgender bathroom rights despite the Obama administration's recent guidance for pu
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) opposes transgender bathroom rights despite the Obama administration's recent guidance for public schools to let transgender students to use the bathroom of their gender identity.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) spoke out against transgender rights in a tweet Tuesday. 

"JFK wanted to send a man to the moon. Obama wants to send a man to the women's restroom. We must get our country back on track," Abbott tweeted, branding the tweet with "#tcot," or "top conservatives on Twitter." 

Since the Obama administration announced last week that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom that best corresponds to their gender identity, conservatives have loudly opposed the Justice Department guidance.

Abbott's message follows Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) saying he wants to “let every school decide, let the parents decide" about transgender students' bathroom choices.

Failure to comply with the Title IX gender equity law's application to transgender discrimination puts Texas at risk of losing $10 billion in federal funding for its public schools and universities. But Abbott is continuing his fight. 

"The constitution and the federal government has been turned upside-down," Abbott said in a Bloomberg interview when asked about transgender bathroom laws.

"The real issue here, and the bigger issue that is wrecking America, is the way the Obama administration is rewriting the Constitution by rewriting the law, which it does not have the power to do," he added.

This is not the first time Abbott has been openly opposed to giving legal protection to transgender people using the bathroom of their choice. Many conservatives, including Abbot, opposed Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, which was struck down in November 2015. Conservatives referred to the proposition as the "bathroom ordinance" and used the slogan "no men in women's bathrooms" to fight the movement.

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