In a recent interview with SiriusXM’s “The Megyn Kelly Show,” Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, a 2024 presidential candidate, discussed his 2024 rival, former President Donald Trump’s past stance on transgender rights. DeSantis pointed out that Trump was an early proponent of allowing men to participate in women’s competitions, referencing his involvement in beauty pageants. Additionally, Trump opposed measures aimed at protecting locker rooms and bathrooms, specifically referring to North Carolina’s legislation on the matter.
DeSantis emphasized that the current stance of Republican voters is different from Trump’s previous positions on transgender rights. He stated that GOP voters believe in protecting women and girls’ rights to compete with integrity and safeguarding the privacy and safety of bathrooms and locker rooms.
When asked if Trump’s views might have evolved over time, DeSantis remained unsure, but he highlighted that Trump played a significant role in making transgender rights a prominent cultural and national issue.
This interview offers insights into the differing perspectives within the Republican party on transgender rights and highlights the evolving nature of the discussion in the political landscape.