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Republican Says Flying Trans Flag Over Capitol Is ‘Rainbow Jihad’

Nov 26, 2019

By Nico Lang

If you were hungry for some word salad today, one Iowa Republican is serving an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Skyler Wheeler, a state Senator representing Iowa’s 4th district, took issue with the decision to fly the Trans Pride flag over the Capitol Building in Des Moines to mark the 20th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is held on November 20. The observance honors those who have lost their lives due to transphobic violence over the past year, as well as the continued resilience of trans, intersex, and nonbinary people.

In an interview with the right-wing Iowa Standard, Wheeler said he was upset that no one informed him that the pink, white, and blue banner would be flying over his workplace, even going so far as to liken the demonstration to an act of terrorism.

“I found out the same time as most Iowans,” the conservative lawmaker complained. “Nothing was sent to my legislative email, no phone call, absolutely nothing. It’s another way that the Rainbow Jihad continues to give those of us who don’t agree with them a finger in the eye and push their beliefs on us.

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