A conservative radio show host is under fire for making comments about the transgender community that he says he never made.
At issue is what host Michael Knowles of The Daily Wire said about the transgender community while speaking at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
According to at least one Democrat lawmaker and several establishment media outlets, Knowles said that transgender people must be “eradicated.”
But is that what he really said?
Listen for yourself:
.@michaeljknowles at CPAC: “The problem with transgenderism is not that it’s inappropriate for children under the age of 9. The problem with transgenderism is that it isn’t true.” pic.twitter.com/mJckUKtqTN
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 4, 2023
“On one side of the debate, you’ve got the liberals who argue that third graders should be taught to change their sex in schools. On the other side of the debate, you’ve got the conservatives who say that we should wait until fourth grade. Doesn’t seem like much of a difference to me,” Knowles began.
He then proceeded to explain why exactly transgenderism is an issue.
“The problem with transgenderism is not that it’s inappropriate for children under the age of nine. The problem with transgenderism is that it isn’t true. The problem with transgenderism is that it puts forward a delusional vision of human nature that denies the reality and importance of sexual difference and complementarity,” he said.
“The problem with transgenderism is that its acceptance at any level necessarily entails the complete destruction of women’s bathrooms, women’s sports, all of the specific rights and spaces that women currently enjoy,” he added.
Getting to the core of his argument, it’s at this point that Knowles touched on the part of his speech that would later draw controversy.
“There can be no middle way in dealing with transgenderism. It is all or nothing. If transgenderism is true, if men really can become women, then it’s true for everybody of all ages. If transgenderism is false, as it is, if men really can’t become women, as they cannot, then it’s false for everybody too,” he said.
“And if it’s false, then we should not indulge it, especially since that indulgence requires taking away the rights and customs of so many people. If it is false, then for the good of society and especially for the good of the poor people who have fallen prey to this confusion, transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely — the whole preposterous ideology at every level,” he added.
Now, listen closely to what he said and then view the headlines below:
We are demanding full retractions and apologies from @thedailybeast, @HuffPost, and @RollingStone for their false and libelous claims about @michaeljknowles, and have referred these all to our General Counsel. pic.twitter.com/vLc6X8xMH8
— Alyssa Cordova (@lysscordova) March 5, 2023
This headline is libelous, and I demand a retraction. @RollingStone pic.twitter.com/ud8kUPwDwy
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) March 4, 2023
Do you spot a difference between what he said and they reported?
The difference appears to be that, whereas the left is accusing Knowles of having called for transgender people to be “eradicated,” what he’d actually done was call and push for transgenderism — the ideology — to be eliminated.
What’s meant by the “ideology” of transgenderism? Well, just take a look around you. How many corporations are promoting transgenderism as if it’s the most normal thing in the world? How many teachers are indoctrinating their students in lessons about being “non-binary” or “gender fluid”? How many core American institutions are rewriting language to appease transgender activists?
The point is there’s a difference between the ideology of transgenderism and transgender people themselves.
As astutely noted below by podcast host Elijah Schaffer, calling for the eradication of transgenderism is basically equivalent to calling for the eradication of cancer.
But when people like President Joe Biden, a Democrat, call for the eradication of cancer, does that mean they’re calling for the eradication of cancer patients?
Popular @realDailyWire show host @michaeljknowles calls to eradicate transgenderism
Left wing media: “he wants to eradicate the transgender community”
No stupid, saying you want to eradicate cancer isn’t the same as saying you want to eradicate cancer patients
This is libel pic.twitter.com/ezVD2qu3Sc
— E (@ElijahSchaffer) March 5, 2023
Evidently, calling for the eradication of cancer does mean calling for the eradication of cancer patients.
What else would explain the hysterical, unhinged response that ensued following Knowles’ appearance at CPAC.
Here’s just a sample of that hysteria:
This is hate speech.
— Amorette Miller (@Amorettemiller) March 5, 2023
GENOCIDE- that’s literally what is being advocated and it will occur over my dead body.
— Erin Kotecki Vest (@QueenofSpain) March 5, 2023
Glad we all agree that there is no “middle way”. Conservatives want my friends and family dead and I don’t compromise with people whose starting position is that people I love shouldn’t exist.
— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) March 5, 2023
“The final aim must be the uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.” – Adolf Hitler, 1919
“Transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely.” – Michael Knowles of @DailyWire, openly calling for genocide of #trans people at CPAC, today in America. pic.twitter.com/D3vyjJ3X57
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) March 4, 2023
— Adam Youdell (@AYoudell78) March 4, 2023
FYI, Knowles’ boss at The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, is Jewish …
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