Biden pick for Education Secretary Confirms Inclusive Transgender Policy

Miguel Cardona
President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary Miguel Cardona remain calm while enduring Rand Paul's specious transphobic questioning

In a sickening display of ignorance, Senator Rand Paul repeated a question trying to get Biden’s pick for Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona into responding improperly.

Paul, referring to trans girls as ” 6 feet tall boys” asked Miguel Cardona repeatedly if he approved of boys competing with girls in school sports.

Paul didn’t mention that Trump administration policies regarding transgender participation in sports were revoked by President Biden on inauguration day. Rand Paul also didn’t mention during his questioning that the rules that Miguel Cardona believes in and would be bound to follow mirror those of the Biden Administration.

Five key moments from education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing

Cardona responded calmly each time saying he supports all students being given opportunities including transgender students.

After two and a half minutes of grilling, ended the stupidity by telling Rand Paul “Respectfully I have answered your question”.

Paul ended as he began, without formalities calling Cardona’s trans sports inclusive policy “bizarre” even asking him what planet he came from and wondering how the TERFs felt about this.

Rand Paul was referring to the reviled Trump sycophant Betsey Devos Orwellian policies in which she tried to exclude minorities from receiving education and participating in sports under the guise of equality.

Specifically, without saying it, Rand Paul was trying to get Cardona to address the high school sports policy in Connecticut that allows transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity.

That policy in 2019 was found in violation by Trump’s Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights after the SPLC designated LGBT hate group “Alliance Defending Freedom” challenged it in court saying that it violated OCR 2015 Title IX and Sex Discrimination prohibition.

On June 15th, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation is illegal under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, and national origin.

That Supreme Court ruling vacated every single transphobic presidential decree Trump ever issued.

Biden issued an order rescinding that Trump policy on inauguration day. And a memorandum from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain directs federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, to “propose or issue no rule in any matter . . . until a department or agency head designated by the president after noon on January 20, 2021 reviews and approves the rule.”

Rand Paul wasn’t asking Miguel Cardona questions he was simply trying to anger him.

PBS reports for many Americans, the hearing was the first chance to hear Cardona’s stance on a range of topics. His December nomination moved him to the national spotlight after a meteoric rise from teacher to administrator to state education chief.

Before leading Connecticut’s education department, he was an assistant superintendent in Meriden, Connecticut, the school district that he attended as a child and where he later worked as an elementary school teacher. He has focused his career on closing education gaps and supporting bilingual education. It’s a personal issue for Cardona, who spoke only Spanish when he entered kindergarten.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender