On Tuesday, prominent media personalities sided with Berkeley law professor Khiara Bridges, who accused Missouri Senator Josh Hawley of being “transphobic” in a viral video for not believing that men can become pregnant.
When asked about the potential consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade, Bridges used the excruciating phrase “people that have a capacity for pregnancy” as a gender-neutral replacement for “women.” When Hawley pointed out how ridiculous it was to remove the word “women” from an abortion rights debate, Bridges responded that his line of questioning is transphobic.
“He is denying that trans people exist, and he will be opening [transgender] people up to violence because he would not accept “that men can get pregnant,” Bridges said.
Some supposedly impartial media outlets revealed their position on the debate.
The Washington Post claimed Hawley “refused to acknowledge that some transgender men may get pregnant,” which is incorrect. Hawley never said that “transgender men” can’t become pregnant; rather, he believes “transgender men” are women since only females can do so.
The headline, “Hawley accused of asking ‘transphobic’ questions” was used by most major news outlets to characterize the situation as neutral. But a CNN video published the headline, “Hawley called out for ‘transphobic’ questions,” which followed the left’s perspective of the discussion.
The Independent in the United Kingdom, for example, was more direct in its bias, writing that Bridges “waved away” Hawley’s “transphobic” inquiries.
“Confronted by a series of breath-taking testimonies to a Senate panel on the future of abortion in the United States after Roe v. Wade is overturned, an abortion rights advocate and legal scholar thundered at GOP Senator Josh Hawley, who seemed to dismiss that transgender people might get pregnant,” according to The Independent.
Bridges also received a lot of support on social media from progressives, who derided Hawley.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reacted, saying that Hawley “pretended to be shocked at the admission” that he incites violence.
After Bridges announced Hawley was denying transgender people exist because he doesn’t believe men can get pregnant, Imani Gandy, the senior editor of law and policy for Rewire News Group, tweeted, “KA-BLOW.”
Others mocked Hawley for being embarrassed by a professor who believes that men can be women and women can be men, thus eliminating the differences between the two sexes.
On Wednesday morning, when Democrats started screaming, Hawley told Fox News that they “have gone insane.”
“The Democrats have spiraled into such radicals. Their formal position now is that men may get pregnant — and if you don’t agree, you’re a violent person,” Hawley continued. “They’ve gone insane, and the rest of the country can see it.”