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News Anchor Praised For Ripping Into US Governor Who Banned Transgender Athletes In His State

Max Sherry

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News Anchor Praised For Ripping Into US Governor Who Banned Transgender Athletes In His State

Stephanie Ruhle , take a bow.

The MSNBC news anchor has absolutely schooled West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on live television - so much so that she has received glowing praise for her efforts.

Stephanie Ruhle. Credit: PA
Stephanie Ruhle. Credit: PA

Ruhle well and truly tied Justice in knots when pressing him on the topic of transgender athletes competing in school sports teams.

The West Virginia Governor recently signed a bill that banned this from happening in his state, but when asked to provide a single example of a trans child "trying to gain an unfair competitive advantage", Justice simply choked as was unable to provide an answer.

"Well Stephanie , I don't have that experience exactly to myself right now," Justice gabbled.

But Ruhle wasn't having a bar of it and pressed him further.

"I can't really tell you one, but I can tell you this, Stephanie: I'm a coach," he added.

"I coach a girls' basketball team, and I can tell you that we all know what an absolute advantage boys would have playing against girls."

Refusing to let Justice get away with his cop out answer, Ruhle proceeded to go to town on him.

"But sir, you have no examples of this happening." She said.

"Why would you take your time to do this? Let's talk about other things that I can give you examples of in your state. According to U.S. News & World Report, West Virginia ranks 45th in education, 47th in health care, 48th on the economy and 50th in infrastructure. If you cannot name one single example for me of a child doing this, why would you make this a priority? I just named four things that would seem to me like a much bigger priority."

And even after having his pants pulled down on the issue, Justice still couldn't give a straight answer.

Jim Justice. Credit: PA
Jim Justice. Credit: PA

"I mean, it's just come to me, and I have absolutely signed it," he replied.

"I believe from the standpoint of a coach, I believe that girls work so hard to obtain Title IX, and I do not have any idea now why we are trying to disadvantage them in participating in a sport that they put so much into. It's not like this is a big priority to me."

He then went on a long-winded ramble before concluding that he was in support of signing the bill.

But Ruhle made sure to put one final nail in the coffin while wrapping up the segment.

She said: "Alright then Sir, thank you and please come back when beyond anecdotal feelings as a coach you can show me evidence where those young women are being disadvantaged in your state because I can show you evidence about how ranking that low in education is disadvantaging young men and women in West Virginia. Thanks for your time."


Mic drop.

Viewers across the United States heaped praise on Ruhle for how she conducted herself during the conversation.

One social media user shared the video with the caption: "THIS is how you interview. CALL THEM OUT."

The clip itself has garnered plenty of attention with millions of people viewing it on Twitter alone.

Featured Image Credit: MSNBC

Topics: transgender athletes, Australia

Max Sherry
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