Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire delivered a speech at CPAC on Saturday where he said the ideology of "transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely," prompting outlets such as Rolling Stone to falsely write that Knowles called for "transgender people to be 'eradicated.'"
In his speech Knowles identified transgenderism as a "false" ideology and said "If it is false, then for the good of society, and especially for the good of the poor people who have fallen prey to this confusion, transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely. The whole preposterous ideology at every level." Within hours, establishment media began publishing the false headlines. The Vice President of Public Relations for the Daily Wire, Alyssa Cordova, tweeted screenshots of the headlines, identified them as "libelous claims," and demanded a retraction.
"We are demanding full retractions and apologies from @thedailybeast, @HuffPost, and @RollingStone for their false and libelous claims about @michaeljknowles, and have referred these all to our General Counsel," Cordova tweeted.
The Daily Wire tweeted out the speech.
The Daily Beast's headline read "Michael Knowles Says Transgender Community Must Be 'Eradicated' at CPAC." Rolling Stone wrote, "CPAC Speaker Calls for Transgender People to be 'Eradicated.'" Huffington Post's headline read "At CPAC, A Call for Trans People To Be 'Eradicated' Gets Big Cheers."
The Post Millennial Editor-at-Large Andy Ngo reported that Vishal Singh, a "violent extremist" Antifa member in Los Angeles, cited the Huffington Post report and called for violence against Knowles.
"Michael Knowles," Singh wrote on social media. "You better hope I never see your Nazi face in public. You won't know what **** you."
Knowles said in his speech ,"There can be no middle way in dealing with transgenderism. It is all or nothing. If transgenderism is true if men really can become women, then it's true for everybody of all ages."
"If transgenderism is false as it is, if men really can't become women as they cannot, then it's false for everybody too, and if it's false, then we should not indulge it. Especially since that indulgence requires taking away the rights and customs of so many people," Knowles added.
State Senator Scott Wiener said Knowles called for "genocide," to which Charlie Kirk replied, "One of the creepiest legislators in the country, 'death threat faker' Scott Wiener, is of course deliberately misrepresenting what Michael Knowles said. He's talking about eradicating a dangerous ideology, not a people group. Knowles also happens to be 100% right."
Weiner has brought forward bills that relaxes laws for the sex offender registry, puts biological males in women's prisons, and has worked to decriminalize those who infect others with HIV after not telling them of their positive status. Weiner also supports public heroin injection sites, decriminalizing prostitution, and put forward a bill, that was passed into law, that designated California as a sanctuary for teens and children who want medicalized gender transitions.
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