Former President Donald Trump is taking heat from folks on the right for his interview with journalist and podcaster Megyn Kelly. The latest controversy centers on his response when asked about transgender issues.
Kelly asked Trump whether a man can become a woman. The former president’s response was a combination of hesitancy and ambiguity. After a long “ummmmmm,” Trump offered, “In my opinion, you have a man, you have a woman. I, I, I, think part of it is birth.”
He continued: “Can the man give birth? No. They’ll come up with some answer to that also someday.”
What do you think of Trump’s response when asked whether a man can become a woman?
Was it acceptable or too hesitant?
Will it matter in the primary election? pic.twitter.com/g59pKqVLyZ
— Jeff Charles, An Awful Pundit🏴 (@jeffcharlesjr) September 17, 2023
The clip, which has gone viral on social media, was widely panned by conservatives and Republicans, who roasted the former president for not giving a simple, definitive answer.
Trump had to think pretty hard about whether a man can become a woman.
Why the long ummm?pic.twitter.com/uYfTX9Jibz
— Billboard Chris 🇨🇦🇺🇸 (@BillboardChris) September 15, 2023
Oh snap!! 🔥🔥🔥@megynkelly: “Can a man become a woman?”
Donald Trump: Ummmmm…. 💀
❌ Wrong answer.
— Liberty Belle (@iLibertyBelle) September 15, 2023
DeSantis hesitates on a question about Trump being the nominee if he’s convicted of crimes…
Conservative influencers: “OMG, SO WEAK. HE CANT BE PRESIDENT!”
Trump hesitates and dances around a question on whether *a man can become a woman*…
Conservative influencers: pic.twitter.com/oSBqbwKdkI
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) September 15, 2023
If DeSantis, Vivek, Pence, Haley, Scott, or any Republican candidate for any office said:
— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) September 16, 2023
In the past few days, Trump waffled and on wether a man can become a woman, said he beat Obama in an election, said Biden would start WWII, attacked pro-life legislation as ‘terrible’ and said he’d make a deal with Democrats on abortion that would make them like him. pic.twitter.com/Gb5qmwCOVN
— Josh Power 🇺🇸 (@JoshPower80) September 17, 2023
During a speech on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is also seeking the GOP presidential nomination, said:
“Don’t tell me a man can become a woman because it’s not true. Don’t tell me a man can get pregnant because it’s not true. And we’re not going to root our society in things that are false.”
Don’t tell me a man can become a woman.
Don’t tell me a man can get pregnant.
It’s NOT true, and we cannot root our society in things that are false.
The truth will set us free. pic.twitter.com/7CdRC1z0KI
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) September 15, 2023
Trump has come out firmly against the use of “gender-affirming care” on minor children, referring to it as “the mutilation of children.”
He also acknowledged the existence of detransitioners who undergo these procedures as kids and then later regret them. The former president noted that many of these individuals, when they’re older, ask: “Who did this to me? Why did you do this to me?”