A Republican congressional candidate broadcast her public transphobia on Facebook live this week, berating a transgender woman who was using the ladies’ room at a Denny’s restaurant in California.
The incident occurred in Los Angeles, where Jazmina Saavedra is running for a House seat in District 44, when the candidate accosted a transgender woman inside the Denny’s restroom. Using a “selfie stick”, Saavedra barges into a stall where the woman was relieving herself. “There is a man here saying that he’s a lady,” Saavedra rants in the video.
“There’s a few different customers trying to use the restroom, but this man insists he’s a lady.” The woman admonished Saveedra, saying :you’re invading my privacy”, to which Saveedra screams back, “No, you’re invading my privacy because I’m a woman and I deserve to use the ladies room!”
Saveedra, who describes herself as a “Latino spokeswoman for President Trump, exited the restroom, but awaited the unidentified woman outside, where she continued to lambaste the patron. “How can I be with a man inside of the ladies’ room just because he thinks he’s a lady? This is unbelievable. Only in California this happens,” Saavedra said, aiming her camera directly at the woman.
“They allowed a man who thinks he’s a lady to get in the ladies room and puts in danger the family. Next time use the men’s rooms or nobody’s rooms,” the candidate demanded. The woman left the restaurant without further comment or incident.
Saveedra’s attack comes as a wave of public expressions of hatred have roiled the country.
In Oakland, California, a white woman called police on a group of Black picnickers having a cookout in a public park’s designated barbecue area.
In Harlem, a former Obama White House aide was the subject of a 911 call from a white neighbor, as he moved into a new apartment.
In Midtown Manhattan, a local white attorney was filmed on Facebook as he harangued two deli customers for speaking Spanish. The lawyer threatened to call ICE and have them deported. Across America, acts of hatred against the LGBT community have also hit hard, especially transgender men and women.
Transgender Americans are routinely discriminated against–even by the Trump administration, which has reversed President Barack Obama on key civil-rights protections for trans people, and ordered all trans troops removed from the military–and subjected to verbal and physical abuse.
Saveedra’s incumbent opponent, Nanette Diaz Barragan, decried the incident, saying, “I was appalled by the treatment that this woman received for simply trying to use the restroom. Everyone has the right to their own identity, and the right not to be discriminated against for who they are.”
Voting is already in progress for California’s direct statewide primaries, which officially take place on June 5th.