Donald Trump’s nominees to the federal bench have been almost uniformly horrible in every possible way. Some of them are little more than b-list right-wing outrage bloggers. And one of them now under consideration thinks that laws that push for trans equality are part of “Satan’s plan.”
Jeff Mateer, the current first assistant attorney general of Texas, was serving at the time as general counsel of the First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty advocacy group known before 2016 as the Liberty Institute. He faced criticism from LGBT rights groups for his work with the organization, such as opposing the expansion of nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people in the city of Plano. If confirmed by the US Senate, he will serve on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
In a May 2015 speech, titled “The Church and Homosexuality,” Mateer discussed a Colorado lawsuit in which the parents of a transgender girl sued her school for preventing her from using the bathroom of her choice.
“In Colorado, a public school has been sued because a first grader and I forget the sex, she’s a girl who thinks she’s a boy or a boy who thinks she’s a girl, it’s probably that, a boy who thinks she’s a girl,” Mateer said in a video posted on Vimeo in 2015 and reviewed by CNN’s KFile. “And the school said, ‘Well, she’s not using the girl’s restroom.’ And so she has now sued to have a right to go in. Now, I submit to you, a parent of three children who are now young adults, a first grader really knows what their sexual identity? I mean it just really shows you how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.”
And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m…going to be perpetually annoyed by morons like this and have to deal with them actually having power over my life. Nope, that’s just not as catchy as the Lee Greenwood version. It should also be noted that Mateer was one of the speakers at that conference put on by Christian fascist Kevin Swanson, who thinks all gay people should be murdered (yes, the same one that Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee appeared at).