“I’ve thought about what I found most offensive last week,” she said to laughter from the crowd. “It’s hard, admittedly, to pick just one part of the Republican rhetoric which was divisive, degrading, demeaning, or the Republican Party platform which was the antithesis to all that Chad [Griffin of the HRC] celebrated for us as Democrats here—it was the most regressive, least inclusive platform in modern political history.”
She continued: “But I think what I actually found most offensive really again ties to me as a mom. The open embrace of conversion therapy in the Republican Party platform—in other words, child abuse—to me is the clarion call for all of us to do everything we can to elect my mom, and elect Democrats up and down the ticket.”
Traditionally, the right’s anti-gay fear-mongering has cast gay people as pedophiles that children needed to be protected from. The recent wave of anti-trans bathroom bills have also aimed to protect women and children (albeit, the boogeymen there seem to be rendered as cisgender male rapists in dresses). That makes the Republican Party platform’s dog-whistling endorsement of conversion therapy (which was reportedly devised by career bigot Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council)—“We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children”—gallingly hypocritical. “...The American Psychological Association concludes that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation,” the APA asserted in 2009. It is but one of several organizations that have denounced the practice, which seems mostly effective in torturing those who go through it.
Good for Chelsea Clinton for putting such a fine point on this and calling it out of what it is.