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Illinois governor candidate blasted over anti-trans advert

Meka Beresford February 5, 2018

(Photo from jeanneives.org)

A Republican candidate for the role of Illinois governor has been slammed for refusing to take down an advert that spurts anti-trans rhetoric, despite calls from the party to remove it and apologise.

Lawmaker and state representative Jeanne Ives released the advert, which is a take on a former advert run by current governor Bruce Rauner, and has since faced a barrage of criticism.

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 25: Demonstrators protest for transgender rights on February 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstrators were angry with President Donald Trumps recent decision to reverse the Obama-era policy requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rauner’s original ad shows GOP governors from states neighbouring Illinois thanking the Democratic House speaker for policies which helped their states.

Ives’ take on the ad portrays a transgender woman, a woman wearing the pussy hat which is now synonymous with the Women’s March and a Chicago Teachers Unions member who is black.

The trans woman is depicted with a deep-voice, chest hair and thanks Rauner “for signing legislation that lets me use the girl’s bathroom”.

The women in the pussy hat gives thanks to Rauner “for making all Illinois families pay for my abortions”.

The teacher makes a dig about pension bailouts for Chicago teachers, a cost that fell onto taxpayers across the whole state.

The advert has been slammed for it’s “poison” narrative by a spokesperson for the Democratic governor candidate, J.B. Pritzker.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said Ives should pull the ad and “immediately apologize to the Illinoisans who were negatively portrayed in a cowardly attempt to stoke political division.”

“There is no place in the Illinois Republican Party for rhetoric that attacks our fellow Illinoisans based on their race, gender or humanity,” he added.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 19: A participant holds a sign saying "Trans and Proud" during the Glasgow Pride march on August 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. The largest festival of LGBTI celebration in Scotland has been held every year in Glasgow since 1996. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
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A spokesperson for Ives’ campaign dismissed the criticism by Schneider and claimed that he was an arm of Rauner’s campaign.

Spokesperson Kathleen Murphy said: “Rauner betrayed Illinois conservatives. He and his paid-for mouthpieces don’t like his betrayals being illustrated and his radical left-wing social agenda being exposed.

“Rauner is the one who owes Illinois families in general and conservatives, in particular, an apology.”

Rauner has since called Ives “unelectable” but refused to comment on the outrageous advert.

In 2013, Ives took what she called a “courageous” stance against equal marriage, and defended “natural” marriage, by saying gay people have “disordered relationships”.

Speaking on the Catholic Conference of Illinois Radio she said that she would rather not talk about equal marriage, but that the issue kept coming up.
She said: “It’s unfortunate that actually that’s the issue that we have to talk about in Springfield… You deal with the issues that are given to you. This issue is going to be brought up – they are trying to redefine marriage – it is a completely disordered relationship.

“When you have a disordered relationship, you don’t ever get order out of that, so I am more than happy to take the no vote on the issue of homosexual marriage.”

More: advert, anti-trans, candidate, Illinois, jeanne ives, LGBT

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