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Can a GOP governor go so far off the reservation that not even National Review will support they/them? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Utah’s Republican governor, Spencer Cox, recently vetoed a bill aimed at keeping biological males from competing in women’s sports, and torpedoed a school choice bill by threatening a veto. Both times, his excuse echoed the talking points of the Democrat Left. He threatened a veto of the school choice on the basis that teachers aren’t paid enough. His veto of the bill to protect women athletes (which was quickly overridden by legislature), he justified by repeating the talking points of LGBT activists. Specifically, he claimed “trans” kids would commit suicide if the bill became law.
In 2019, Cox — then Utah’s lieutenant governor — tearfully apologized to LGBT activists for the collapse of a proposed ban on conversion therapy. In early 2021, Cox came out in support of the Fairness For All Act, a Republican bill in the U.S. House that has been the subject of fierce social-conservative criticism for its attempt to write sexual orientation and gender identity into federal civil-rights law. Around the same time, he threatened to veto a proposed ban on gender-transition surgeries for minors, saying, “We have to be really careful any time government gets in between doctors and families and patients.” (That bill, HB 92, stalled out in the state legislature before reaching Cox’s desk.)
The governor has been open about working closely with LGBT activist groups during negotiations over transgender legislation in his state. Last year, the executive director of Equality Utah, a state-based LGBT advocacy group, praised the Republican as “a true champion for LGBTQ youth.” When the ban on transgender athletes was initially floated in February 2021, Cox expressed concerns, echoing the activist line that transgender “kids are just trying to stay alive” while neglecting to cite any substantive evidence that the legislation would put transgender children’s lives in danger.
Cox, let’s just be honest, is a Democrat politician who ran for office in a Red State under a flag of convenience. But at his core, he embraces the Democrat ideology of big government and social liberalism. He’s a Democrat In All But Label Only. A DIABLO. The same applies to the state’s junior senator, Pierre Delecto.
Oh, and Cox has also embraced the Democrat Left’s habit of announcing his pronouns. That’s at the link.Published in