Many viewers of Joe Biden’s Town Hall Thursday night on ABC are still trying to process what they heard the Democratic presidential candidate say to a woman in the audience who asked the former vice president about discrimination towards transgender children.
“I’m the proud mom of two girls, 8 and 10,” the woman said. “My youngest daughter is transgender. The Trump administration has attacked the rights of transgender people, banning them from military service, weakening non-discrimination protections, and even removing the word transgender from some government websites. How will you, as president, reverse this dangerous and discriminatory agenda and ensure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected under U.S. law?”
Biden shared a story from his youth about his father, then immediately responded, “The idea that an 8-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides, ‘I decided I want to be transgender. That’s what I think I’d like to be. It’d make my life a lot easier.’ There should be zero discrimination.”
Biden appeared to be endorsing young children’s ability to make the decision to change genders. Social media lit up, with people sharing their feelings of being appalled by what Biden said, and many others thanking the former vice president for his stance on LGBTQ issues. Biden affirmed his view after the town hall when he tweeted: “How will I ensure the rights of LGBTQ+ people are protected under U.S. law? I’ll change the law.”
Fox News revealed Friday the woman who asked the question, Mieke Haeck, who was identified by ABC during the townhall as being a physical therapist from State College, PA, is the wife of Ezra Names, a high-profile Democrat’s who who is an at-large member of the Centre County Democratic Committee. This follows a report in the Washington Free Beacon that stated an attendee at a previous Biden townhall on NBC was not an un-decided voter, but actually a Biden supporter who had been show on MSNBC.