Appearing this week on HBO's Real
Time, conservative commentator Ann Coulter defended laws which
prohibit transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice.
Also appearing on the show were actor
Bryan Cranston, journalist Nick Gillespie and author Dan Savage.
When host Bill Maher compared the
social issues Cranston's character Lyndon B. Johnson in the film All
The Way faced upon entering the White House to today's bathroom
issue, Savage, who is openly gay, said that supporters of such laws
have simply rehashed the script they used to discriminate against
“They took the same old script –
they're recruiting children, preying on children, threatening
children, creeping in bathrooms – that was what they said about gay
men forty years ago,” Savage
said. “And they're just taking that and applying it now to
trans women. And it's bullshit. And trans women and men use
bathrooms all over the country and have forever.”
Coulter repeated the claim that
allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice would
give men access to women's restrooms.
“It's not that the trans are going to
molest them, it's that a child molester now has a right to go into
that bathroom,” Coulter said.
“That's bullshit,” Savage
responded. “A child molester doesn't need to put on a dress to
enter a bathroom.”