When you hear people talk about Trumpism and the new wave of “out and proud of it” un-hidden bigotry that is associated with it, it’s no joke. I know that sometimes it can seem like a little bit of a stretch to link everything back to one orange dufus, but it’s a very real thing that is bleeding all the way down to our most personal and local levels of government.
A perfect example of this is Jeanine Lawson, District Supervisor of Brentsville Virginia. She managed to turn a completely normal day for a young girl into a horrid thing that this poor child won’t ever forget. 15-year-old Rose BruMar was handing out sample ballots for the Democratic party when she happened to encounter Lawson, who was greeting voters.
Lawson started up a conversation with young Rose, and during the course of that discussion Rose said one of her “two moms” is not a fan of Lawson. That’s when Lawson decided to get very personal, and very insulting.
Lawson: That caught me by surprise a bit. She told me things about her family life, and I told her in a very polite way, I said I believe children deserve a mother and a father. It was not a debate about anything.”
Lawson went on to try to justify the bullying of a 15-year-old girl by erasing how the young girl felt and asserting that there was basically no reason that anyone should be upset, simply because she said so.
Lawson: “There was nothing at all hostile about my conversation with the young lady, so much so that we continued to talk about her guitar lessons afterward.”
She also described her interaction with the girl as “pleasant and civil.” I’m sure that telling a 15-year-old girl that one of her parents is unworthy and implying that having two moms is somehow harming or disadvantaging her is “pleasant and civil.” Give me a break, please.
One of Rose’s moms, Evelyn, heard a commotion starting when other people nearby heard what Lawson said to the girl, so she quickly intervened.
According to Evelyn:
When I walked up, lots of people were yelling, just getting aggressive. I jumped in as soon as I got there, and told them, ‘This is not how you have a discussion with a child.’
Rose’s parents now want Lawson to be censured for her behavior by the Board of Supervisors, which is a rather soft punishment for such a gross comment. Replace “two moms” with “two white parents.” Suddenly it becomes completely unacceptable. If only Republicans would feel as much trepidation about advocating for anti-LGBT bigotry as they would for racism.