Breitbart host says American citizens don’t deserve emergency coronavirus aid because trans people exist
A guest on Breitbart News Tonight used the existence of trans people to reject the idea of financial aid for those impacted by coronavirus.
On Tuesday, the right-wing radio show was discussing the implementation of proposed federal emergency aid programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles was acting as guest and co-host along with Republican congressman Larry Bucshon of Indiana.
Martin urged Buschon to oppose any proposed relief efforts for those in need on the basis that “transgenders” might also ask for money.
“Here’s what I told somebody today: If the answer is, ‘We’ll send you $1,000 because times are tough,’ every Democrat in America will tell you times are tough for every hyphenated American,” he said.
“We’ll have, ‘Transgenders need $1,000 a month because it’s tough.'”
Martin presumably used the term “hyphenated American” to refer to any minorities, of which he considers “transgenders” to be the least deserving of aid.
Entire sections of the American economy are shutting down as a result of coronavirus, threatening to crush businesses and put millions of people out of work.
Martin said that if the Trump ever did grant any kind of financial relief to the poorest in society, he must ensure that such measures are only temporary, because “Social Security and Medicare and lots of things started out as small programs and became entitlements”.
Buschon agreed with Martin and said it was important not to implement “long-term policy during a crisis,” adding that he thought “most people on the Republican side completely agree” with him.
For context, Martin was previously fired from his position as a CNN contributor in 2018 after he referred to two African American guests as “black racists”.
The appalling Breitbart News Tonight clip was captured by Right Wing Watch, a project dedicated to monitoring the rhetoric of right-wing activists in order to expose their extreme agenda.