PENNSYLVANIA: 97 GOP Lawmakers Send Obama Letter Expressing “Extreme Outrage” At Trans Guidelines

Nutcase Daryl Metcalfe is at it again. Via Newsworks:

Ninety-seven Republican state representatives in Pennsylvania — including several from the Philadelphia region — have signed off on a letter to President Barack Obama, calling the new federal directive to make public schools transgender-inclusive “unconstitutional” and an “extreme outrage.”

Led by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, lawmakers argue in their letter that the new federal guideline “sacrifices … fundamental privacy rights,” endangers young children and usurps the lawmaking powers of Congress.

“Plainly, this directive will allow men to go into legally sex-separated bathrooms with young girls,” it states. “The parents of these young girls are rightly concerned about your policy and its implications for their daughters’ safety.”

Transgender rights advocates call that argument a “red herring,” not borne out by an actual uptick in predatory behavior in places that have had transgender-inclusive bathroom policies.

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PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: In 2013 Metcalfe failed in multiple attempts to thwart the advance of same-sex marriage, including a call for the state Attorney General to resign. Also that year Metcalf used a chamber rule to stop openly gay state Rep. Brian Sims from speaking about the historic DOMA ruling on the state House floor, saying that Sims was in “open rebellion against God’s law.” In 2011 and in 2012 Metcalfe introduced bills to insert a ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution. Both attempts failed.

  • Vicious Malicious

    The GOP continue their proud tradition of doing jack shit and pretending they’ve anything important to say

  • Michael Rush

    Obama assumed you could act like adults and live
    in the world with other people , our mistake !

    • Gustav2

      If he assumed they would act like adults the directive would not have been necessary.

      • Michael Rush

        The directive is like a ” time out “

        • David Walker

          And deserve to be spanked. Really hard. With either a cat-o’-nine-tails or a wooden paddle with holes, so there’s little air resistance in the swat. Bent over, pants and undies down. Once for every year they’ve been in office…in Daryl’s case, that would be 17 times.

  • WeRTheSquirrels

    How dare you infringe on our right to discrimin.. I mean our religious liberty!

    • Buford

      As I’ve said many times, it’s not a religious liberty if it involves a victim,

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Note: This is the same asshat that shut off Brian Sims’ mic as he attempted to speak on the House floor. Total fuck wit, through and through. A perfect representation of GOPers in PA. And those from Philly that voted with him should be as ashamed as they would be if their porn search history became public knowledge. Assholes.

    • David Walker

      And he keeps getting reelected. Not a total surprise, but it is rather disgusting. A quick google makes it look like he’s running unopposed in November. He is consistently rated 100% by the NRA and 0% by Planned Parenthood (both shockers). He voted against the use of medical marijuana. To say he is insidious pretty much understates the case.

      • David Walker

        Also, this honorable shithead member of the legislature, and this is an excerpt from the Pittsburgh “Post-Gazette” in September, 2015,
        “…asserted on the House floor that “a white nationalist … is a lot different than a white supremacist” and appeared to defend having invited a man with alleged white nationalist ties to testify before his state government committee earlier this week. … during a hearing on a bill to make English Pennsylvania’s ‘official’ language.”

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    • NancyP

      That’s why rural Pennsylvania is an outpost of the South. Accent is different, mind set the same.

      • David Walker

        As a Pennsylvanian, I soooooo want to disagree with you. Unfortunately…

      • Stubenville

        FYI, Butler County is far suburban Pittsburgh.

  • Joseph Miceli

    And to all 97 of them I say “fuck you.”
    There are more instances of GOP perverts molesting children than there are of transsexuals. Where’s the bill restricting the GOP’s access to kids?

    • Todd20036

      Or even priests.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Extreme Outrage !!!

    Yeah, it’s Thursday

    • Yes, he’s outraged. OUTRAGED he tells us!!!

  • CB

    Do they even understand what transgendered is? (Rhetorical question.)

    • tristram

      No, many of them do not. Nor do many voters. That means, unfortunately, that this may cost the Dems a lot of votes in November. Quite possibly helping Trump win states like Pennsylvania which are (despite all the blue-happy-talk) very much in play.

  • BearEyes

    Bread and Circus
    Where’s the outrage about homelessness?
    Where’s the outrage about lack of adequate healthcare?
    Where’s the outrage about endless war?
    Where’s the outrage about lack of clean air and water (at least not bought by Nestles)?
    oh right…
    useless distractions are far more convenient compared to actually doing your effin’ job of serving the people who elected you.

    • Gustav2

      Damn, just start with something simple like fixing the roads and bridges. That should not have some pseudo-religious implications.

      • clay

        Pennsylvania? fix the bridges?
        You’re cute.

        • David Walker

          I think we hire people to dig pot holes, no?

      • Rex

        Potholes are ordained by God. They’re wholy.

        • Todd20036

          I don’t always see, but when I do, I see what you did there.

    • Piercedchrlz

      Distractions are waaaayyy more convenient, why, in this election cycle they’re YUUUUUGE.

    • David Walker

      I don’t think in his case it’s even ignoring such things. He’s a republican’t who calls himself “Pennsylvania’s #1 conservative” who was a teabagger before the teabaggers existed.

  • Capritaur

    The “vulnerable white women” that denied racial equality and the “children” that denied gay rights have finally merged into the sexist, racist, homophobic, and transphobic amalgamation of “young daughter.”

  • Jerry Hinnant

    I guess Obama assumed that your school’s didn’t have grown men going to the same school as little girls.

    • Friday

      Haters may get held back a few years, but this is pretty ridiculous, yes. 🙂

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    “…saying that Sims was in “open rebellion against God’s law.”

    That’s Hot

    • Paula

      I can’t be in open rebellion against gawd’s law.. No such thing exists.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        That’s true. Still fun though.

        • Paula

          I have to admit, you’re right. It is fun to fuck with the fundies.

      • Joseph Miceli

        I always make sure to tell them “anal sex isn’t as much fun anymore, now that it’s legal.”
        Pisses them off every time.

        • perversatile

          A dah-ling older gentleman acquaintance often said,
          “I use to just love it when the mothers clutched their little crumb snatchers and dragged ’em to the other side of the street when they saw me coming, especially since, unlike the local haus fraus, I had the legs for hot pants”

    • GC

      If we have to follow a “law” from some invisible figure, I’ll take “All acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.”

    • Capritaur

      Brian Sims leading an army of godless deviants, riding a demonic horse bareback and bare ass in his skimpy regalia, sword raised in open defiance.

      • GC

        We’re all godless and we’re all deviants, come to think of it!
        (The average person has one breast and one testicle.)

      • 2karmanot

        “Bulha, bring me mah fan, it’s getting hot in here!”

    • 2karmanot

      HOT indeed!

      • Todd20036

        and fuzzy

    • Todd20036

      I think you meant to type: “He’s Hot”

    • David Walker

      He did Brian a great favor doing that. Although Brian knew about this disgusting piece of shit, this gave him an indication of Metcalfe’s hate and it also solidified us as Brian’s constituency. In that moment, he became our representative.

  • CPT_Doom

    So if there is a concern about the safety of girls because they might be around men in a rest room, doesn’t that also mean we should stop men from other settings/professions where they might be alone with girls – like pediatricians, EMTs, school teachers, coaches, or fathers?

    • Chuck in NYC

      I passed through one of the largest airports in the country last weekend, down south, and a man (presumably the dad, but who knows?) walked his young daughter (maybe 4?) into an airport men’s room right in line with a stream of men and they went into the differently-abled stall so he could help her out. No one batted an eye.

    • Jerry

      “like…” priests…you forgot priests.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Considering the founding fathers shat in outhouses at best – did they even have outhouses yet? – or had to go into the woods and wipe with leaves, it’s doubtful they ever considering who piddled in which bathroom. How does constitutionality fit into this issue?

    • Octavio

      Wealthy people had chamber pots to piss and poop in. Woe be the upper crust who didn’t have pots with tightly fitting lids. 🙂

      • Steverino

        Hence that old expression: “so poor they don’t have a pot to piss in.”

        • Octavio


        • perversatile

          -or a window to toss it out of.

  • Octavio

    Sandoval, our governor here in Nevada, responded to the Obama directive by insisting that current Nevada laws already protect transgender folks and there is no need to do anything. But that hasn’t stopped the fun irrationalists in my home county of Elko, where the cowboys and survivalists and dead set on shooting anyone who doesn’t look exactly “right” in the bathroom of their choice. No on was ever bothered by transgender people before. So, look what’s all been stirred up.

  • Paula

    For the life of me, I never figured that they could make such an issue out of Transgendered people using the restroom.

    • Steverino

      You can thank the Alliance Defending Fallacies for that. The party line that goobs like this pol keep trotting out has their fingerprints all over it. The rhetoric is always the same, word-for-word, no matter where, and no matter who states it.

      • agcons

        It’s like a template with blanks to fill in.

        • Todd20036

          Yup. Used to be blacks were the rapists.

          Then gays.

          Now, transgendered.

  • Gaymurcan

    They don’t even understand that transgender status IS. If there were ever a moment in American history when it was simply vital that citizens receive an honest, accurate, timely, comprehensive sex education, it would be right now. This country rejected the research presented in the early 1950s, and we’ve been paying for that arrogant, willfully ignorant mistake ever since. “In an uninhibited society, a 12 year old would know most of the biology, which I will have to give you in formal lectures.” – Alfred Kinsey. Push all the naysayers and paranoid religious abstinence worshippers out of the way, and Get The Truth Out.

    • Gaymurcan

      “what” transgender status is. – Edit.

    • Mike in Texas

      … and by continually trying to deny its existence, they never will understand.

  • Ninja0980

    Every state has one major bigot leading the charge against LGBT folks.
    For PA, that person is Daryl Metcalfe, who is a major right wing asshole

  • breaking news! republicans outraged that the world only spins forward and they’re still stuck in the Good Old Days of Segregation!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    The ignorance on display about this issue is actually painful for me to observe… really does give me headaches. Truly, the stupid hurts.

    • David Walker

      I can appreciate that it’s painful for you to observe. Imagine, then, what it’s like to have to live with it as a reality…and not just a reality, but a government-sanctioned reality.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Believe me, I know all too well. My trans friend Kim (lives in Philly) has been going through hell with this nonsense. My post was merely an expression of my frustration at seeing this crap continue…….apparently, that’s no longer allowed here, who knew.

    • Tigernan Quinn

      And what did that comment do for you? Announce to the world how heavy your burden is? What form would any of us caring take?

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Ok, not sure why the bitchy comment………

        I was unaware that there was a specific guideline as to what opinions were permitted here. I’ll need to check with Joe. I thought lamenting the idiocy of vile anti-trans people and the ignorance they display would be considered acceptable on this site. Perhaps you can advise me exactly when Fox/Breitbart of whoever, took over the comment guidelines.

        • McSwagg

          Ignore him. He seems to bitch at everyone for no reason.

  • D. J.

    If bathroom privacy is such a matter of constitutionality, the why did the GOP and their religionistas bring it up by attempting to pass so many anti-transgender measures to start with?
    Our side isn’t the one passing unconstitutional crap.
    You’re the ones wasting valuable time & resources…..such as money for special sessions for example…
    We’re the ones mopping up your bullshit.

  • Buford

    What a shame that it’s still perfectly legal for a female pedophilic predator to walk into that same ladies’ room and do whatever horrible thing she wants to all of these precious young daughters we hear so much about.

    Oh, wait….

    • clay

      ADF :: Jet Blue
      once they change the name and re-brand, those problems are no longer tied to them.

  • coram nobis

    They’re going to get people hurt yap-yapping like this (see today’s JMG story on that assault in a DC restroom).

    It’s not just a Big Lie but a surreal reverse-engineering of the situation. The victims are not, are never, the perpetrators.

  • Friday

    Republican idea of “Privacy:” “You have a right to demand everyone’s body meets your approval in toilets.” “Everyone shall show documentation of the history of their genitals or face prosecution, also violence. and harassment. “

  • Mark

    Well, they wasted no time at all getting together to sign a ‘you can’t pee there!’ letter…..meanwhile, bridges and roads need repair authorizations, SCOTUS has an empty seat which denies the entire country a full hearing of any case, and what ever else is in the stack just sitting there waiting….waiting….waiting.


  • Rex

    They’re so pissed that marriage equality is here that they have diverted their “extreme outrage” to the restrooms. I really have to question just why they’re so laser focused on civil rights of the LGBT community. It’s like we hold some special power over them.

    • McSwagg

      Their entire program is based on bullying and shame. If we can stand up to them, everyone else will see through their scam and their time of ascendancy will soon be over. They know it and we know it. They are fighting for their survival. That is why they are so desperate and nasty.

  • Piercedchrlz

    Of course, they did…

    Bless their hearts……

  • RNegron

    They need to start printing these letters on toilet paper so they can serve a useful purpose.

  • Dana Stinson

    One of those assholes is my State Rep. I had a call with him a month or so ago about passing the PA fairness Act and he fed me a line of shit. I just sent off an email to him and copied the HRC, the local newspaper, and several other big names. Fuck him.

  • teedofftaxpayer


  • Xuuths

    So, Bush committing war crimes is ok, but equality for all provokes extreme outrage? I get it. The hypocrisy is noted.

  • David Walker

    I see that my honorable do-as-you’re-told republican’t representative “signed on” to the letter, and he’s not even up for reelection. It’s not like he’s ever had an independent or opposing thought. He’s had a career of expert back-benching and is leaving “to spend more time with his family.” Since his progeny are grown and out of the house, that’s probably code for “before his past catches up with him.”

  • StraightGrandmother

    I’m not impressed with his, “moral” outrage.

  • Richard Rush

    The only “extreme outrage” has come from those who have loudly and fraudulently fabricated a phony threat while silently creating a real threat of verbal and physical violence against transgender people.

    For example, they want to force a transgender women to make a ‘Catch-22’ choice: If she uses the women’s room, she risks arrest and criminal charges, or if she uses the men’s room she risks verbal and physical attack.

  • djcoastermark

    Why is it that the creepiest are always the ones screaming ?

    • Stubenville

      Because “empty barrels make the most noise” as my grandmother said.

  • TheManicMechanic

    The distended Alabama midsection of PA is once again babbling.

    • Stubenville

      No disagreement on what the center of Pennsylvania looks and acts like, but Butler County is far suburban Pittsburgh.

  • Gianni

    Not surprising coming from my state legislature. Not only is the PA legislature a very bloated body of lawmakers, but it also contains a sizeable number of half-wits. They can’t do their duty and cobble a budget together on time, year after year, but they can rally to fire off a letter to the President, whom they don’t like, because of an issue that I’d bet none of the signatories understand. Hooray for PA Republican lawmakers! When duty calls, they respond!

  • Maggie 4NoH8

    For some reason, I think there is a constitutional scholar somewhere at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave that takes these letters into a utility closet so he can LAUGH HIS ASS OFF in private…

  • sword

    This process will be repeated in Congress as soon as President Drumpf is sworn into office! “only us Xtians have freedom of speech…all of you heathens should get ready for the ovens”.

  • Guess

    Can we get just a few more production values around this dude’s head?

  • shivadog

    This whole mess pisses me off. I hope it backfires on the haters and ends up resulting in equal rights for trans people, but for now the main result is probably going to be an increase in violence and discrimination against people who have already experienced way to much of both.

  • Clive Johnson

    Oh, fuck off, Republicans.

    When I hear you expressing ‘extreme outrage’ at homelessness, or child poverty, or inadequate funding for medical research, or stingy public support for battered women, or outrage at pervasive lack of critical thinking skills in society, only possibly then will I think you’re much more than a pack of base and mean imbeciles.

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  • edgein

    Marcy Toepel is my rep. Needless to say she’ll be hearing from me Monday