Donald Trump’s election marks a new era of conflict for transgender students nationally. This article seeks to provide some commentary on Trump’s upcoming effects on transgender students across the country. Among Trump and Pence’s campaign’s prominent and most concerning promises was the appointment of a conservative Supreme Court justice, who would inevitably roll back protections for trans students. The legal case of Gavin Grimm, a young transgender man denied access to facilities with his own gender, has reached the Supreme Court. In October the conservative justices blocked his access to men’s restrooms “as a courtesy” while he waits to for his hearing. His groundbreaking case will be heard sometime next year with a Trump-appointed nominee who will tip the court to the conservatives. In the most likely scenario, this will mandate that states define their own laws on transgender students’ access to programs and facilities that match our gender identities as they have been. This works well for more progressive states like California that currently have legislation in place allow trans students access to programs and facilities with our gender. However, the majority of states do not have this legislation, which many were hopeful the supreme court would provide federally. Roughly 20 states have even introduced legislation that would bar transgender people from using facilities and public accommodations that match our genders. The Trump era will be a time of uncertainty for transgender students as we experience elevated violence under the increased national anti-transgender rhetoric. Read the full article here.
Exclusive audio shows how Trump lets loose at his clubs — inviting guests to join him on staff interviews
By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and ANNIE KARNI
President Donald Trump, living alone inside the White House, often hungers for friendly interaction as he adjusts to the difficult work of governance. At his clubs, he finds what’s missing.
That showed last November at a cocktail and dinner reception celebrating longtime members of his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. Deep into the process of meeting potential Cabinet nominees, the president-elect invited partygoers to stop by the next day to join the excitement.
“We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump told the crowd, according to an audio tape of his closed-press remarks obtained by POLITICO from a source in the room. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government.“
"We’re going to be interviewing everybody — Treasury, we’re going to be interviewing Secretary of State,” he continued. “We have everybody coming in — if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable….so you might want to come along.”
Gov. Chris Christie criticized President Donald Trump’s order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries on Tuesday, saying the president’s goals were laudable but his plan is too broad and its implementation was “terrible.”
The Republican governor, who was among Trump’s most-prominent backers during the campaign but was fired as his transition chief, said the president’s aides had failed him in the way they launched the plan, leading to the widespread confusion and mass protests at airports across the nation.
“The roll-out of this executive order was terrible,” Christie said at an unrelated event, answering questions from the press in New Jersey for the first time in 147 days. “The right people were not involved or consulted. There was confusion in the enforcement that went on here.”
Christie notably said he considered the process to obtain a green card, which allows a foreign citizen to take up residency in the United States, to constitute the sort of “extreme vetting” that Trump is seeking. Some holders of green cards were detained for hours as they tried to re-enter the country over the weekend.