Right-wing elected officials continue to target transgender Americans through unhinged rhetoric, dangerous laws, and an onslaught of disinformation.
Far-right Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado is one of those elected officials. Most recently, she attacked Dr. Rachel Levine, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and the highest-ranking openly trans official in United States history.
This week, Levine added another distinction to her list of achievements when she became the first transgender and first woman four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
While many celebrated the milestone, Boebert used the moment to attack Levine and further promote the false idea that trans women aren't real women, and the deadly position that trans people's existence alone is a political stance threatening to tear apart the fabric of American society.
Boebert shared a picture of Levine with the caption, "Welcome to woke medicine, America."
Welcome to woke medicine, America. https://t.co/OfKWX2GM90— Lauren Boebert (@Lauren Boebert) 1634690771.0
Unlike Boebert, who owns a gun-themed restaurant and had never held elected office before her time in Congress, Levine has a litany of qualifications that make her a good fit for her current roles in public health.
Democratic Congressman Don Beyer of Virginia was quick to remind Boebert of this, calling the Congresswoman a "hateful bigot" after listing Levine's resumé.
Dr. Levine is an accomplished pediatrician, a graduate of Harvard and Tulane, a former fellow at one of America's t… https://t.co/6gZ0iMYKKE— Rep. Don Beyer (@Rep. Don Beyer) 1634694183.0
People cheered Beyer's response.
@RepDonBeyer "You are just a hateful bigot." That is not true. She is also an idiot.— Brian George (@Brian George) 1634697449.0
Beyer wasn't the only one to push back against Boebert's bigotry.
Ahhh yes a highly trained professional. @Harvard undergrad and @Tulane med school graduate. Someone working to bett… https://t.co/BXljfQ72Lb— Jeff Raddatz (@Jeff Raddatz) 1634742829.0
A sitting member of Congress disparages an Admiral because @laurenboebert hates strong women. She knows she will… https://t.co/EmWF0QGQLs— TurnCO3blue (@TurnCO3blue) 1634730247.0
She is a Doctor. You promote guns with sex. https://t.co/KdH0Wuf0YJ https://t.co/v9IVe9K7X3— BasicFred (@BasicFred) 1634693966.0
@laurenboebert @Harvard undergrad and @Tulane for med school. Woke medicine? Sign me up.— Sleepless w/ Prattle (@Sleepless w/ Prattle) 1634692972.0
@laurenboebert The more woke the better! Admiral Rachel Levine is accomplished doctor. As the Assistant Secretary… https://t.co/zi7zG0HI4v— Cynical Dreamer (@Cynical Dreamer) 1634695643.0
@laurenboebert I’d trust a moldy potato, a Pinterest recipe blog post, and my sisters cat before I trusted Boebert’… https://t.co/4gsFQrdign— houseguest choice (@houseguest choice) 1634693286.0
Sadly, Boebert's tweet gave conservative social media users yet another outlet to spew the same transphobia and hate that endangers countless trans people every day.