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Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Jeanne Ives Defends Transphobic Racist Attack ad

Jeanne Ives

Candidate Jeanne Ives said the ad that began airing this weekend illustrates the GOP governor’s “chosen constituents based on the policy choices he made” and primary voters need to know about his record.

Politicians from both sides of the aisle view it as a deceptive fear mongering attack on women’s, immigrant and transgender lives and demand that Jeanne Ives take the ad down and apologize.

The ad features a man in a dress sarcastically thanking Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for “signing legislation allowing ME to use the girl’s bathroom” implying that he would endanger women and children because allowed Rauner him to do so.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB1785 on August 25, 2017, abolishing state-sponsored eugenics by removing SRS as a prerequisite for Illinois name and gender maker change. The law went into effect on January 1, 2018.

Next up a woman in a pussyhat mockingly thanking Rauner for “signing legislation making Illinois residents pay for all my abortions.” This faux feminist is referring to HB40 which right-wing pundits originally panned as cost prohibitive but was later determined to be of no cost to Illinois taxpayers.

The Pussyhat?

Little Knittery owner Kat Coyle designed a simple and brilliant pattern that would allow people of all knitting levels to be part of the project. The name Pussyhat™ was chosen in part as a protest against vulgar comments Donald Trump made about the freedom he felt to grab women’s genitals, to de-stigmatize the word “pussy” and transform it into one of empowerment, and to highlight the design of the hat’s ’pussycat ears’. Leveraging social media and the close-knit nature of the global knitting community, word was spread and the fuse was lit.

Last but arguably the most offensive, a masked, hooded white supremacist accusing Governor Bruce Rauner of “opposing law enforcement and making Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrant criminals”.

Politifact debunked that lie noting that the version Rauner signed contains two directives for state and local police: Officers cannot detain people without a warrant from a judge and they can’t “stop, arrest, search, detain, or continue to detain a person solely based on an individual’s citizenship or immigration status.”

State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch, D-Chicago, who introduced the final version of the bill, said this amounts to “basic due process rights that anyone would want.”

Language about “safe zones” such as schools was removed at the request of law enforcement, Welch said. Also included in the bill was language explicitly to allow communication between local police and federal authorities, Welch said.

Opponents also cite the bill’s prohibition of detaining suspects on administrative warrants from federal immigration authorities that are not issued by judges. These are known as immigration detainers and come from immigration agents, not state or federal judges.

The advertisement NBC Chicago reports began airing this weekend, drew the ire of Schneider as he called for Ives to take the ad down.

“There is no place in the Illinois Republican Party for rhetoric that attacks our fellow Illinoisians based on their race, gender, or humanity,” he said. “Representative Ives’ campaign ad does not reflect who we are as the Party of Lincoln and as proud residents of our great and diverse state.

“She should pull down the ad and immediately apologize to the Illinoisans who were negatively portrayed in a cowardly attempt to stoke political division,” he added.

The Ives campaign responded quickly to Schneider’s statement, saying that the Illinois Republican Party is “an arm of the campaign of the man who funds it: Bruce Rauner.”

Even Attorney General candidates on both sides of the aisle are condemning the ad, with Democrat Nancy Rotering calling it “disgusting racism” and Republican candidate Erika Harold calling for Ives to take down the ad, saying it “denigrates, mocks and marginalizes groups of Illinoisans and can’t represent our Republican Party.”

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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