MSNBC’s Ali Velshi celebrated Pride Month’s opening show by denouncing Republicans for their “unpopular” positions; however, it seems that his position is the one that is unfavorable.
Velshi used vague polling data from GLAAD to assert that Americans support the LGBTQ community and its right to exist peacefully. Nevertheless, he falsely equated GLAAD’s findings with policy preferences. He reported that Republican lawmakers introduced more than 500 “anti-LGBTQ bills” into state legislatures, with a majority targeting transgender youth. Velshi also criticized Republicans for deciding “who looks feminine or masculine enough to use certain bathrooms” and for “taking medically-necessary health care away from children.”
Contrary to Velshi’s claims, a majority of Americans do not want males competing against females in sports. Moreover, most people oppose hormone treatment for teenagers and believe it is inappropriate to discuss trans identity with children. It seems that Velshi’s assertion about the “loudest person in the room” may have been misplaced.
In summary, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi attempted to discredit Republicans for their LGBTQ-related policies, but his own views seem to be the unpopular ones. Instead of focusing on “loud” rhetoric, perhaps Velshi should listen to the American people’s desires and concerns.