Clinton warns Democrats' focus on trans issues could cost them 2024

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Hillary Clinton warned that Democrats' insistence on focusing on transgender issues and spending their time condemning JK Rowling could cost them the 2024 election - and cost America democracy itself.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the former secretary of state and presidential candidate agreed with reporter Edward Luce that Democrats are sabotaging themselves by focusing on the wrong issues.

'Democrats seem to be going out of their way to lose elections by elevating activist causes, notably the transgender debate, which are relevant only to a small minority,' Luce said, 'What sense does it make to depict JK Rowling as a fascist?'

The former first lady and 2016 presidential candidate didn't dispute Luce's assertion, and answered: 'We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window.

'Look, the most important thing is to win the next election. The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.'

Hillary's comments came just days after President Biden signed an executive order to make 'gender-affirming care' that can involve hormone therapy and surgery while accusing Republican lawmakers of 'bullying' LGBTQ+ children.

JK Rowling has become a lightning rod for supporters of the most hardline pro-trans policies after saying that some spaces such as domestic abuse shelters should remain open to non-trans women only, for safety reasons.

Clinton spoke as the the Democrats' progressive star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez persisted with gender-neutral terms for women including 'people who menstruate' and 'pregnant people.'

The terms are designed to include people who are transgender and non-binary. But many women - including those on the left - say they feel the modern terminology erases them, after centuries of battling for equal rights.

Some gay and lesbian people have also urged caution against treatment for children who say they're transgender, after some research showed that many youngsters who expressed such feelings grew up to become gay men or women who were contented in their bodies.

'Look, I'm all about having vigorous debate. I think it's good, and it gives people a chance to be part of the process,' Clinton told MSNBC in December while voicing fears over Democrats' 2022 midterm prospects, 'But, at the end of the day it means nothing if we don't have a Congress that will get things done, and we don't have a White House that we can count on to be sane and sober and stable and productive.'

Clinton's comments in the Financial Times were published just days two days before the debate about transgender women competing in women's sports - circling around UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas - came to a head.

On Sunday, the international federation sports federation for swimming changed its policies to stipulate that transgender women can only compete in the organization's women's races if they have completed their transition by the age of 12.

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