Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on Friday attacked the term “birthing person” in a tirade against Democrats that she delivered at the RNC’s summer meeting.
She received raucous applause from the room of Republicans at the final session of the meeting in Nashville when she sharply criticized the term. The words “pregnant person” were used recently in CDC guidance to acknowledge that not all people who give birth identify as women, and the Biden administration has referred to “pregnant people” in the past.
“The Democrats cannot take away my right to call myself a mom,” McDaniel yelled to the crowd. “I am not a ‘birthing person’, I am a mother, and it’s the most important job I will ever have.”
Her invocation of this language is part of a larger movement by the Republican party to politicize transgender-inclusive policies. Across the country, Republican-led state legislatures have moved to ban transgender student athletes from sports after President Joe Biden supported expanding rights for transgender people. Policies like these have become a rallying point for conservatives as 2022 approaches, and McDaniel argued that they will help secure Republican victories in elections.
Among other topics, she chastised Covid-related policies to switch to remote teaching early in the pandemic and mask children amid the current spread of the Delta variant. These topics preview the messaging Republicans will use as they work to win back the House and Senate in 2022, and the presidency in 2024.
“I am so proud to be in this fight alongside every single one of you and I am so optimistic about the next election because I see it — I see the energy and passion of people across our country every day,” McDaniel said. “And I also see something else: Democrats and their radical policies have awakened a sleeping giant: the moms of America.
The end of her speech touted school choice and said moms won’t let teachers “teach children they were born racist,” a reference to the opposition to critical race theory that Republicans have made a party flashpoint going into midterm elections next year.
At the summer meeting, McDaniel also touted Covid policies by Republican governors Greg Abbott of Texas, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota and claimed Democrats undermined transparency in the 2020 election. “We can never let what we saw in 2020 happen ever again,” she said.
McDaniel also said the Republican party is growing and racially diversifying, a sentiment echoed by RNC Co-Chair Tommy Hicks. He said the party is a “better ambassador” to minority voters than the Democratic party, invoking the 1860s and 1970s to make the point.
New Census data shows the U.S. non-Hispanic white population dropped below 60 percent for the first time this past decade, according to the 2020 Census, while population growth occurred among minority groups.
Hicks’ argument for a Republican takeover in Congress in 2022, like McDaniel’s, centered around what he said are failures of Democratic leadership.
“Americans are waking up,” Hicks said. “They recognize that policy matters more than personality. They see what they get with Democrats in control. And they hate it.”
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