Fox contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy claimed that Dr. Rachel Levine, nominee for assistant secretary of health and the first transgender person nominated to a Senate-confirmed position, is “part of a cultural Marxist movement that wants to erase gender in order to destroy notions of the traditional family.” The segment, on Fox News’ Hannity, also featured Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier and spread misinformation about health care for trans youth.
Both guests praised Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for pushing right-wing media myths about trans youth during Levine’s February 24 Senate confirmation hearing, in which he lied that the Health and Human Services nominee supports the “genital mutilation” of trans kids, who do not undergo gender affirmation surgeries.
PinkNews has noted that “at no point does Levine support reassignment surgery on trans children, which is routinely restricted to adults over the age of 18 across most of the US.” And as social work professor Katherine Kuvalanka told The Washington Post, “The only interventions for young children is affirmation and acceptance for who they are.”
During the February 25 episode, Hannity and his guests echoed lies about best-practice medical care for trans youth. Hannity repeatedly claimed that trans youth are undergoing a “permanent life decision here, without the input of their parents,” and Saphier also falsely suggested that trans kids are having surgeries.
Additionally, Campos-Duffy suggested Dr. Levine, a pediatrician, doesn’t “care about children,” saying, “People who want to normalize changing the sex of children and not letting their parents, who are the best people to care for them, know about it, are people who don't care about children.”