ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 29: A TV monitor shows President Barack Obama speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit on March 29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Obama participated in a panel discussion addressing the issue of drug abuse in the U.S. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
The growing bathroom backlash from Georgia Republicans.
Georgia conservatives are riled up about the Obama administration’s recent directive to public schools over bathroom rules, and the backlash has spanned from carefully-worded responses to potty-mouthed outbursts.
The White House’s guidance last week directed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, intensifying the debate over LGBT rights that’s already raging as the Obama administration battles North Carolina over the policy. It didn’t take long for Georgia Republicans to wade in.
“It is absurd that we need a ‘federal restroom policy’ for our nation’s schools,” wrote Rep. Tom Price on Facebook. “This is yet another abuse and overreach of power by the #Obama Administration, and a clear invasion of privacy. Schools should not have to fear retaliation for failure to comply.”
House Speaker David Ralston opined on Fannin County fight, urging Georgia senators to protect schools from a federal government that’s “dictating to our locally-elected Board of Education with regards to the policies they enact in a way never before seen.”
And Rep. Doug Collins, locked in his own primary battle, said on Facebook that “Obama is once again disregarding the separation of powers.”
“Girls should use girls’ bathrooms, and boys should use boy’s bathrooms,” he wrote. “It is as simple as that.”