Conservative commentator and author of ‘Blackout’ Candace Owens appeared on Monday night’s edition of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’, warning that the Equality Act threatened to end competitive sport for women. She described the bill which passed the House last week as ‘unbelievably offensive’ and ‘quite frankly, insulting’.
The bill supposedly outlaws discrimination on the basis of gender identification and sexuality. Democrats say it provides an essential framework for protecting the LGBTQ community.
Candace Owens echoed Donald Trump’s complaint that it would allow transgender women to compete in women’s sports.
Owens told Tucker Carlson that it was ‘a terrifying agenda that eliminates women’.
Owens said that she has been labelled ‘a bigot, a hateful individual, a transphobe – the left likes to use these pejoratives when you are just speaking common sense.’
‘I find this to be unbelievably offensive: the idea there is nothing different between men and women.
‘They don’t know what equality is. They don’t know what equality means.
‘They believe in sameness. Making everybody a carbon copy of the others.
‘They hate the idea between male, female, girl, boy.’
The bill is intended to amend existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics. This means that a person’s sexuality or gender identity cannot be used against them for employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.
Critics argue that, by removing the question of a person’s biological sex at birth, it would allow people born male into women’s spaces.
Owens said that conservatives ‘want to make sure there are equal opportunities, but we acknowledge that there are real biological realities that cannot be ignored.’
She concluded: ‘They told us to fear the Trump administration. But look at what Joe Biden did in his first few weeks.’
Owen’s theme echoed that of Trump, who attacked the Act in his speech to CPAC – the Conservative Political Action Conference – on Sunday.
‘Young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males,’ Trump said.
‘It’s not good for women, it’s not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get where they are.’