Tennessee state Rep. Richard Floyd (R) used violent and graphic language to discuss his views on trans people using dressing rooms that match their gender identity, according to ThinkProgress.
“I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry,” the lawmaker told a Tennessee newspaper.
“Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk,” the legislator continued. “We cannot continue to let these people dominate how society acts and reacts. Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.”
Not everyone is standing by Floyd. The bill lost its Senate sponsor, Sen. Bo Watson, who dropped the bill citing “far more pressing issues facing the state of Tennessee at this time.”
Rep. Floyd spoke on camera to a news channel about the bill, saying he “doesn’t care” about opposition arguments that the bill will make public spaces less safe for trans customers.
So far, no new Senators have stepped up to sponsor the bill since Sen. Watson dropped the bill.