Todd Kincannon, the former Executive Director of the South Carolina GOP, posted some amazingly transphobic tweets to his 43,000+ twitter followers this past week, suggesting that it is, essentially, just fine to hate transgender people. The first tweet came on Monday:
There are people who respect transgender rights. And there are people who think you should all be put in a camp. That’s me.
Mental institutions will do just fine.
Another tweet, later the same day, said:
I have plenty of compassion for trannies. They should all be locked up in mental institutions and their care paid for by the state.
Now, anyone who knows anything about the etiquette of speaking to a transgender person knows that “trannies” is an extremely offensive word. Likely, Kincannon knows this, and said it to be extra offensive, as if what he was already saying wasn’t bad enough. As was to be expected, the tweets caused quite the uproar on twitter on Monday, and continued into Tuesday. Of course, this only encouraged Kincannon’s bigoted fun. He tweeted on Tuesday:
“The trannies are still mad!
Perhaps the worst part of all of this is that Kincannon actually defended his highly juvenile and deeply offensive actions on twitter. He tweeted in response to the uproar:
Jews, brown people, and gays are born that way. It’s ok to hate trannies because they choose trannyism. Just like Muslims.
Kincannon also took the opportunity to attack Olympian Bruce Jenner, saying:
Just confirmed what we’ve long suspected about Bruce ‘Manny Lou Retton’ Jenner.
Now, this man, a former elected official, supposedly a pillar of his community, is actively promoting hatred toward his own constituents via social media. Of course his opinions are ignorant and despicable all on their own, but his position certainly makes them that much worse. Every time I think members of the GOP can sink no lower, I am sadly proven wrong. Todd Kincannon’s rants against transgender people are dangerous, and the South Carolina GOP should dismiss them. Having lived in that state for much of my life before escaping to the blue state of New York, though, I know how the GOP representatives are there. I won’t hold my breath waiting for a denouncement of this garbage.
Author: Shannon Barber
Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 3 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.