On Wednesday, President Trump once again went beyond himself and rescinded rules on bathroom rights for transgender students, which was placed by Barack Obama before Trump took office.
The public has reacted. Some better than others. Some worse. Even so, the hosts of the late night shows had some of the best and quite funny responses to President Trump’s decision.
- Jimmy Fallon, host of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” said, “I saw that Apple is criticizing Trump after he overturned the rule that lets transgender students use the bathroom of their choice. Apple says that regardless of your gender, everyone should be able to drop an iPhone into whichever toilet they want.”
- Seth Meyer, host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” said, “Hey, just because you want to bring back coal mining doesn’t mean you have to bring back everything from the 1800s… There’s apparently this fear that transgender kids are using it as a ruse to sneak into restrooms and grab people by the genitals. But if you’re looking for the kind of person who would do that, you need to look no further than the Oval Office. He’s right there.”
- Stephen Colbert, host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” said, “Donald Trump… said transgender students can’t use the bathrooms they want to use. Now he’s going to check what they got down there or something, I’m not sure. But we should have seen this coming because if there’s one thing Trump is famous for, it’s telling people where to pee.”
Celebrities, like Miley Cyrus and Zoë Kravitz, showed support for the trans community on social media and asked many of their followers to protest against Trump later that evening.
- Miley Cyrus, the founder of the Happy Hippie Foundation, posted on her Instagram: “@/happyhippiefdn and I will use every ounce of LOVE we have as ammunition to fuel our fire and burn down boundaries! ❤️💚💛💙💜 #transrights are #humanrights !!!”
- Zoë Kravitz, actress in “Big Little Lies,” captioned an Instagram picture: “He’s a piece of s–t. No matter what bathroom he’s in. Hang in there Everybody. His fear can’t beat us down.”
- Ellen DeGeneres, host of “The Ellen Show,” tweeted: “Just seeing the news about removing laws protecting trans people. This isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights, and it’s not okay.”
- Emmy Rossum, known for her role in “Shameless,” tweeted: “THIS IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. @/POTUS ACTS OUT OF FEAR AND HATRED OF EVERYTHING HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND. #RESIST.”
Even Senator Bernie Sanders had something to say about the incident and tweeted, “The attacks against transgender people are part of a bigotry which has got to end. To young transgender people I say: We stand with you.”
Last year, 8-year-old trans boy Joe Maldonado, was kicked out of the Cub Scouts since he was assigned female at birth. Maldonado sparked controversy and a couple months after he was kicked out, the Scouts announced that they would accept trans boys.
In an interview with Katy Tur on MSNBC, Maldonado confessed that having to use girls’ restrooms “was just weird. It didn’t make sense at all,” and he believes the bathroom decision is “ridiculous.”
“It doesn’t matter your gender. It matters how you feel, not your gender,” said Maldonado.