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We reported Tuesday on how Gov. Ron DeSantis used the occasion of the first day of the LGBTQ “Pride Month” to sign a bill into law that effectively bans transgender women (people born men but who identify as women) from competing in biological women’s sports in Florida.

As per the norm, DeSantis’ actions triggered the Usual Suspects, including the unhinged fanatics at the Human Rights Campaign, which is as strong an indicator as there can be that DeSantis absolutely did the right thing.

During the signing ceremony, the popular Republican governor’s young daughter Madison was next to him and handed him pens with which to sign the bill, as seen below:

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signs a bill that will ban transgender students from participating in girls’ youth sports. pic.twitter.com/hXNaIHZdn9

— The Recount (@therecount) June 1, 2021

For reasons only known to him, longtime Lincoln Project advisor and Principled Republican™ Stuart Stevens – one of the more outfront members of the group – thought it’d be a good idea to use DeSantis’ daughter as a weapon with which to attack him:

I wonder when this girl grows up, how she’ll feel about being used as a prop in selling a piece of legislation that hurt people she is likely to go to school with, work with, go to church with. Using kids to sell hate for political gain is a favorite @GovRonDeSantis move. https://t.co/aZnGrjRmhd

— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) June 2, 2021

That a man with such close ties to a group that looked the other way for months as allegations of predatory grooming behavior towards young men were being made against Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver would feign he cares for the young daughter of a governor he despises solely because of his political alliance with former President Trump was not lost on others who absolutely roasted him for his lack of self-awareness and audacity:

I wonder when any children of this guy grows up and how they’ll feel about their dad being part of an organization that knew about and covered up that a child

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