On Thursday evening, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participated in an ABC News’ town hall, in replace to the cancelled virtual presidential debate, which President Donald Trump declined.
During the event, a mother asked Biden about his policies on transgender people should he win, citing that her 8-year-old daughter is a transgender.
“The Trump administration has attacked the rights of transgender people, banning them from military service, weakening nondiscriminatory protections and even removing the word ‘transgender’ from some government websites,” Mieke Haeck began.
“How will you, as president reverse these dangerous and discriminatory agenda and ensure the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected under US law?” she asked.
“I would just flat-out change the law,” Biden responded. “I would eliminate [Mr. Trump’s] those executive orders, number one,” he added and continued sharing a story from his childhood when he saw two men hug and kiss each other. “I turned to my dad and my dad says, ‘Joey, it’s simple. They love each other.’”
“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 added.
“And what’s happening is too many transgender women of color are being murdered. They’re being murdered,” the former vice president said.
Though some Twitter users felt relieved with the liberal politician’s remarks, many corrected Biden that 8-year-old children have no idea how to be a transgender.
One user pointed out “what the educational and developmental milestones that 8–year-olds should be reaching,” and posted two images of a research to support claim.
biden town hall questioner claims her 8-year-old daughter is “transgender”.
just a reminder of what the educational and developmental milestones that 8-year-olds should be reaching are: pic.twitter.com/XV3AD7JCAQ
— 👻 spoopy no·vo·a 🎃 (@apnovoa) October 16, 2020
Another one asked if as young as 8 years old know they are transgender, saying: “So an 8 year old knows they are transgender? Wow did they stage these questions for Biden at his town hall?”
So an 8 year old knows they are transgender? Wow did they stage these questions for Biden at his town hall?
— John Lucsko (@jalucsko) October 16, 2020
One mocked the small number of audience at Biden’s town hall and asked how could an 8-year-old be a transgender, “How the hell can a 8 year old be transgender?? Biden can’t even make a complete sentence with facts or lies. He keeps saying ..Don’t quote me on that, but I think that’s right!! He only has about 6 people at his town hall!”
How the hell can a 8 year old be transgender?? Biden can’t even make a complete sentence with facts or lies. He keeps saying ..Don’t quote me on that, but I think that’s right!! 🤪🤦♀️🤪 he only has about 6 people at his town hall!
— Astra Keena (@KeenaAstra) October 16, 2020