It’s been a rough week for Target.
After voicing opposition to North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill” they released a public statement which read “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” the retailer said. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”
They likely did so thinking that it would boost their public image, but a petition to boycott their stores in response has racked up over a million signatures, costing the company 2.5 billion in market value so far.
The American Family Association started the petition – and they’ve just struct another blow to Target.
A director for the American Family Association (AFA) says it’s sending men into the women’s restrooms at Target stores to test its barriers after the retail giant announced that its facilities will be transgender friendly.
Sandy Rios, the director of government affairs for the AFA, revealed her group’s agenda in a radio interview Monday.
Speaking on “Breitbart News Daily,“ Rios said the group’s concerned that women and children could be victimized by men who enter female restrooms while falsely claiming to be transgender.
“The chief concern, even more than just, I think, trauma, certainly for little girls of having men dressed like women coming in their bathrooms, the chief concern of the American Family Association is the predators who will take advantage,” she said.
Radio host Stephen Bannon added that it’s “decent, hard-working people” who will end up victimized by Target’s new policy.
“I think there’s no question when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom,” Rios said of the Target stores. “The net effect will be that people will not be stopped. We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier.”
On AFA’s website, it argues that Target should instead create unisex bathrooms for transgender individuals.
Nobody is afraid of a transgender person in their bathroom – we’re afraid of people abusing the law in the way the AFA is doing to prove a point.
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