Twitter users skewered Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday after he unfavorably compared the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom accommodations to the moon landing under former President John F. Kennedy.
The White House sent a letter last week to public schools across the country directing them to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.
Conservatives railed against Obama’s letter, including Abbott, who said that the President was “trying to cram down as many parts of his liberal agenda on the United States of America as he possibly can.”
Here’s what he tweeted:
JFK wanted to send a man to the moon. Obama wants to send a man to the women’s restroom. We must get our country back on track. #tcot
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 17, 2016
The Texas Observer’s Andrea Grimes quickly pointed out that Abbott misgendered trans women in his tweet:
.@GregAbbott_TX Trans men are men who use the men’s room. They’re guys.
Trans women are women who use the women’s room. They’re ladies.
— Andrea Grimes (@andreagrimes) May 17, 2016
Other Twitter users roundly mocked the governor for the bizarre tweet:
.@GregAbbott_TX Wouldn’t it be cool if you lived to 100 & tried to explain your tweeted convictions on gender politics to future schoolkids
— RenegadeEpiscopalian (@AdamWeinstein) May 17, 2016
@GregAbbott_TX thank u for continuing Texases long tradition of extreme hospitalty towards JFK
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) May 17, 2016
.@GregAbbott_TX not literally everything needs to be a tweet
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 17, 2016
— Sir Farts-a-Lot™ (@NopeNotThisTime) May 17, 2016
@GregAbbott_TX Please stick your head in a toilet and give yourself a swirly. Men’s or women’s room, it doesn’t matter, you caveman.
— Ian Lord (@Ian_Lord) May 17, 2016
@GregAbbott_TX I’m Greg Abbott, and I have the mental capacity of a 7 year old
— Greg Siggins (@GWSigg) May 17, 2016
.@GregAbbott_TX thanks for giving history students of the future another reason to exclaim, “Christ, what an asshole.”
— Disreputable Bog Man (@bobservo) May 17, 2016