Fox News host Bill O’Reilly clashed with guest Kirsten Powers on Monday as he argued that allowing restroom use based on gender identity infringed upon the rights of “traditional” families, Media Matters reported.
“Conservative, traditional, taking it easy, not trying to social-engineer sexuality until the child is emotionally ready, all of those things,” he said. “Not the progressive agenda to wipe out gender, which is what we’re trying to do.”
The Factor host was particularly incensed by a Charlotte Observer editorial published last week regarding North Carolina’s heavily-criticized law barring trans restrooms from using facilities based on their gender identity.
“The thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some,” the editorial stated. “But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort – with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage – then realizing that it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”
O’Reilly called the newspaper’s premise “loony,” a notion Powers quickly rejected.
“All I’m saying is I don’t think it should bother you,” she said. “I don’t think [a trans person] is preying on your daughter. This person is not a pervert. There is nothing is wrong with this person.”
“It’s not a matter of preying, it’s a matter of being appropriate,” O’Reilly countered.
Watch the segment, as posted by Media Matters, below.
Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests
President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.
Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.
BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.
Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.
Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.
Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.
The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.
More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”
Seattle mayor imposes emergency curfew — set to begin only 14 minutes after her announcement
The mayor of Seattle announced on Twitter that she would be signing an executive order imposing a curfew.
"I will soon be signing an emergency order and the city of Seattle will be imposing a 5 pm curfew soon," Durkin tweeted at 4:46 p.m. -- only 14 minutes before the order was set to go into effect.
"Crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately," she ordered.
"While many individuals gathered peaceful, some individuals have started fires and are destroying buildings. There are multiple fires downtown and it is an extremely dangerous situation. @Seattelfire (sic) does not have access to buildings," she continued.