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Politics Jim Justice Can't Cite Examples of Trans Athlete Gaining Advantage After Signing Anti-Trans Bill

03:20  01 may  2021
03:20  01 may  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Jim Justice of West Virginia has zero examples of transgender athletes "taking advantage " to win in girl's sports. Can you help us out? For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate for 2021?

Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) recently announced that West Virginians between the ages of 16 and 35 who get the covid-19 vaccine will receive a 0 savings bond. He joins Stephanie Ruhle to talk about vaccination efforts in his state and his decision to sign a bill that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports. West Virginia governor unable to provide evidence of transgender athletes gaining unfair advantage after signing anti -transgender bill .

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, was unable to cite any example of a transgender athlete gaining an advantage in his state after he signed a bill Wednesday that bans transgender women from competing as part of "any public secondary school or state institution of higher education" sports teams.

Jim Justice et al. posing for the camera: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, poses with the Marshall Thundering Herd cheerleaders before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 18, 2018 in San Diego, California © Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, poses with the Marshall Thundering Herd cheerleaders before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 18, 2018 in San Diego, California

Justice's decision came as Republicans in states across the country are pushing through an unprecedented number of bills targeting the transgender community. Since the start of 2021, more than 250 anti-trans proposed bills have been introduced in state legislatures throughout the country, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The West Virginia governor was confronted during an MSNBC interview on Friday and asked to cite an example of a trans athlete gaining "an unfair" advantage prior to the legislation being signed.

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Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) recently announced that West Virginians between the ages of 16 and 35 who get the covid-19 vaccine will receive a 0 savings bond. He joins Stephanie Ruhle to talk about vaccination efforts in his state and his decision to sign a bill that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports. West Virginia governor unable to provide evidence of transgender athletes gaining unfair advantage after signing anti -transgender bill .

Stephanie Ruhle repeatedly pressed Jim Justice to provide just one example of transgender children gaining an unfair advantage in school sports, which he couldn’t do. Justice acknowledged that he “ can ’ t really tell you one” before offering up his personal feelings as a sports coach. “Stephanie, I’m a coach and I coach a girl’s basketball team and I can tell you, we all know—we all know what an absolute advantage boys would have playing against girls.

"The law you just signed banning transgender female athletes from playing on women's school sports team. Can you name one example of a transgender child trying to gain an unfair competitive advantage at a school there in West Virginia?" MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle asked Justice during the interview.

"Well, Stephanie, I don't have that experience exactly to myself right now, but I will tell you this…," Justice responded before being cut off.

"Not yourself, your state. Sir, can you give me one example of a transgender child trying to get an unfair advantage? Just one in your state. You signed a bill about it," Ruhle cut in.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed into law a measure that prohibits transgender girls and women in the state from competing on sports teams at "any public secondary school or state institution of higher education.".

Jim Justice as He Struggles to Defend Signing Anti - Trans Bill . Just days after the governor signed the measure into law, Ruhle asked Justice if he could name a single example of a transgender child trying to get an unfair advantage in West Virginia. “I can ’ t really tell you one, but I can tell you this, Stephanie, I’m a coach and I coach a girl’s basketball team and I can tell you, we all know — we all know what absolute advantage boys would have playing against girls,” he reasoned, misgendering transgender girls.

"I can't really tell you one, but I can tell you this, Stephanie. I'm a coach, and I'm with—and I coach a girls' basketball team, and I can tell you that there—you know, we all know—we all know what an absolute advantage boys would have playing against girls," Justice responded.

Ruhle then highlighted a number of key areas that she suggested deserve more attention than anti-trans legislation.

"You have no examples of this happening. Why would you take your time to do this? Let's talk about other things that I can give you examples of in your state. According to U.S. News & World Report, West Virginia ranks 45th in education, 47th in health care, 48th on the economy, and 50th in infrastructure," Ruhle pointed out, putting the information on the screen.

"If you cannot name one single example for me of a child doing this, why would you make this a priority? I just named four things that would seem to me like a much bigger priority," she said.

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Jim Justice signed a bill on Wednesday that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports at any level in the state, according to The Associated Press. The bill , per the report, narrowly passed through the state Senate before it was overwhelmingly approved in the state House of Delegates. Justice said earlier this week that he would “proudly” sign the bill , even with threats of retaliation from lawmakers and others that groups — including the NCAA — could pull events from the state.

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Justice then appeared to distance himself from the legislation, saying he didn't make it "a priority" and that it was not his bill. He then pivoted back to his argument from his standpoint as a coach.

"It's just come to me, and I have absolutely signed it because I believe from the standpoint of a coach, I believe that girls work so hard to obtain Title IX, and I do not have any idea now why we are trying to disadvantage them in participating in a sport that they put so much into. I don't know why we're doing it. This is not like it's a big priority to me," he said.

Earlier this week during a press conference, Justice expressed more enthusiasm about the legislation targeting transgender women athletes.

"I'm absolutely all in, because I do not think that from the standpoint of our girls, that we ought to allow a situation to where, you know, for whatever reason may be, we end up with a superior athlete that could just knock our girls right out of the competition," the Republican governor said.

Several other GOP-controlled states—including Alabama, Arkansas, South Dakota, Mississippi and Tennessee—have passed similar anti-trans legislation already this year. Republican lawmakers in Arkansas additionally pushed through a bill banning health care workers from providing gender-affirming care to transgender minors. The Southern state's Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson actually vetoed that bill, but Republicans in the state legislature had enough votes to override his decision.

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Newsweek reached out to Justice's press secretary for further comment.

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