The latest episode in the January 6 select committee show trial drew the most attention on Capitol Hill on Tuesday but the real action took place in the Senate during a Judiciary Committee hearing on abortion rights when Senator Josh Hawley squared off with Berkeley Law School professor Khiara Bridges.
In the bizarre exchange that shows how impossible it is to engage in a logical debate with a stone-cold leftist ideologue, the specialist in “race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three,” according to her Berkeley bio, insisted that men can get pregnant while accusing the Missouri Republican of being transphobic and exposing transgenders to violence.
Sparks flew when Hawley tried to get a straight answer on what Bridges had repeatedly referred to as “people with the capacity for pregnancy” which, in the reality-based world that has existed since the dawn of human activity on the planet, has meant women.
Seeking to clear something up, Hawley asked, “Professor Bridges, you said several times, you’ve used a phrase I want to make sure I understand what you mean by it, you referred to people with a capacity for pregnancy, would that be women?”
“Many women, cis women have the capacity for pregnancy, many cis women do not have the capacity for pregnancy,” Bridges responded. “There are also trans men who are capable of pregnancy as well as non-binary people who are capable of pregnancy.”
Hawley followed up, “So this isn’t really a women’s rights issue…”
“We can recognize that this impacts women while also recognizing that it impacts other groups,” Bridges said, “these things are not mutually exclusive, Senator Hawley.
“So, your view is that the core of this, this right then is about what?” Hawley asked.
Bridges then jumped the track, “So, I want to recognize that your line of questioning is transphobic, and it opens up trans people to violence by not recognizing them.”
An incredulous Hawley asked, “Wow, you’re saying that I’m opening up people to violence by asking whether or not women are the only folks who can have pregnancies?”
She responded, “I want to note that one out of five transgender persons have attempted suicide,” admitting that transgender individuals are often mentally troubled, a ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’ question that has been the subject of much debate.
“Because of my line of questioning? So we can’t talk about it?” Hawley asked of Bridges.
She shot back, “Because denying that trans people exist and pretending not to know that they exist.”
Hawley replied, “I’m denying that trans people exist by asking if you are asking women having pregnancies?”
“Do you believe that men can get pregnant?” Bridges asked.
“No, I don’t think men can get pregnant,” Hawley answered.
“So you are denying that trans people exist,” Bridges exclaimed. “Thank you.”
“And that leads to violence? Hawley asked. “Is this how you run your classroom? Are students allowed to question you, or are they also treated like this, where they’re told that they’re opening up people to violence by questioning?”
“You should join, you might learn a lot,” she invited him to sign up for her classes.
“Wow, I would learn a lot. I’ve learned a lot just from this exchange, extraordinary,” Hawley said.
Professor Bridges previously mixed it up with Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, using the nonsensical phrase an astounding five times in a minute.
Here’s the exchange that happened moments before with Cornyn where the witness used the phrase “person with a capacity for pregnancy” 5 times in one minute.pic.twitter.com/eYaOYumYSJ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 12, 2022
Twitter reacted to Bridges and her off-the-chain performance.
I *despise* the condescending lecturing tone progressives use when "correcting" others who fail to properly articulate their ideological views in practice.
'Excuse me, I must note your use of transphobic language. You DO understand that 1 in 5 transgender kids attempt suicide.'
— Chad Felix Greene 🇺🇲 (@chadfelixg) July 12, 2022
Hawley: Who can have babies?
Berkeley professor: Everyone!
Berkeley professor: You’re a murderer.
(From a friend—had to share)
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 12, 2022
She’s going to get her own MSNBC show after this hearing lmao
— High_Diddly_Doe (@awesomely_mike) July 12, 2022
She is all about herself, and the agenda she wants to follow. She also could care less about the formality of government. That’s blatantly obvious. Oh, by the way. She’s about herself & her only
— Bill Dubs (@billdubs) July 12, 2022
She’s from Berkeley. All one needs to know.
— NorCal Independent (@NiskanenMark) July 12, 2022
That Berkeley prof's entitlement is pure perfection. She's an educated idiot and has helpless rubes in her classes.
No one dare question her because she will make you pay grade-wise. Kids across the country are imbibing this claptrap and either submitting or enduring.
— Melissa Mackenzie (@MelissaTweets) July 12, 2022
some professors I have meet are among the dumbest bastards I have ever talked with. This cal berkeley prof would have to be in that category. She is a complete & total loon.
— J Kirk Corbin (@JKirkCorbin) July 12, 2022
TRUST THE SCIENCE
— Ye 🌮🌮🌮 (@Ye_Politics) July 12, 2022
The exchange between Senator Hawley and the exalted intellectual that Democrats trotted out offered a perfect contrast to the dueling visions of America that voters will soon have their chance to choose from when they go to the ballot box in the upcoming midterm elections.
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