Chris Christie, the scandal-plagued, Bon-Jovi-loving governor of New Jersey and 2016 presidential candidate, has revealed that he thinks giving trans kids bathroom rights would just make life way too "complicated" for them.
"Men go to men's rooms, women go to women's rooms and there really shouldn't be a whole lot of confusion about that -- public accommodations," Christie said on Monday (Dec. 21) when asked to comment on bathroom rights for trans kids, according to CNN. "And I don't think we should be making life more confusing for our children."
"The fact though is that we want our kids not to have to decide which bathroom they get to go in," Christie continued. "And not to be subject to peer pressure about which one to go in. And not to be subject to the embarrassment that could come with going in a bathroom where somebody maybe doesn't agree that they should be in there or not."
Actually, that's exactly what trans kids want: to be able to use the bathroom that reflects their gender identity safely and without shame -- just like everyone else.
We know for a fact that despite the claims of transphobic fear-mongerers, there have been zero reported cases of trans people assaulting others in a bathroom. Trans people, on the other hand, often face harassment and violence in public spaces. This is not helped by obliviously dismissive rhetoric like Christie's.
"Why do we do this to our children?" Christie asked. "It doesn't make any sense. So I don't know. I'm the common sense guy from New Jersey, you know, I don't think life needs to be this complicated. I think it needs to be a lot more straightforward."
Christie then quickly changed the subject by saying that life is confusing enough for kids because terrorism exists, seeming to imply that as long as terrorists are out there, young people -- or maybe just Chris Christie -- couldn't possibly have the capacity to also care about important social issues, or to be empathetic and respectful toward other humans (which couldn't be more wrong).
"Life is confusing enough right now for our children," Christie said. "Every place in America is a potential target for terrorism ... children learn better, grow up better, mature better when they live in a safe and secure and loving environment."
On that last point, he's exactly right. Kids do need to grow up in a "safe and secure and loving environment" -- one where adults like Christie don't let their unfounded bias (or political pandering) stand in the way of ensuring that all kids, including trans kids, get to feel safe, comfortable and secure -- even in the bathroom.