Republican State Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is running against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary, released a controversial ad on Saturday that mocked the transgender community, Women’s March activists and immigration activists.
“Thank you for signing legislation that lets me use the girls’ bathroom,” says a male actor outfitted to portray a transgender woman in a red dress.
The bill the ad is referencing, House Bill 1785, allows transgender individuals to change their gender printed on birth certificates with a doctor’s approval. The bill has nothing to do with transgender bathroom rights.
The 30-second spot also actors features an actor portraying an anti-fascist protestor wearing a hood and a bandana over his face, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and a Women’s March activist.
A young woman wearing a “pussy hat” from the National Women’s March thanks Rauner for “making all Illinois families pay for my abortions.” The bill referenced on screen, HB 40, extended abortion coverage in state employee insurance plans as well as Medicaid coverage. Rauner said he signed the bill because, “I believe that a woman living with limited financial means should not be put in the position where she has to choose something different than a woman of higher income would be able to choose.”
A blue-eyed actor who appears to be white and has a clearly American accent appears wearing a bandanna and hoodie and thanks Rauner for “opposing law enforcement and making Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrant criminals.” The bill referenced on screen, SB 31, actually only restricted state and local police from arresting undocumented immigrants solely for their immigration status. In other words, it only applied to individuals who were not otherwise “criminals.”
Equality Illinois ripped Ives for using a transgender person in the divisive ad, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“We need a governor who will stand up for all Illinoisans, not someone who will target transgender Illinoisans for their personal political benefit,” the group’s spokesman Brian Johnson told the newspaper.
.@JeanneIves has shown us who who she is: a bigot.
— Scott Smith (@ourmaninchicago) February 3, 2018
Jeanne Ives, who is challenging Gov. Rauner in GOP primary, is running this ad, & it's—ugh, my words can't do justice to how bad it is:https://t.co/GZ8CN2kwZq
— Taniel (@Taniel) February 3, 2018