In May 2018, former congressional candidate Jazmina Saavedra chased a transgender woman out of a Denny's bathroom. Now, months later, she's posted a Facebook live video complaining that she's being "bullied" by the LGBTQ community, which seems a bit ironic, considering she's still able to use her bathroom in peace.
Speaking of the LGBTQ community, she said in her video:
They called me sick … hateful, you name it. Everything. What they don't realize is they are the one with the problem, not me.
People have already made clear what they think of Saavedra, though. For one her video only has 4,000+ actual views, so she's just yelling into her echo chamber at this point. And her actions, outlined below, have been harshly criticized.
An ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, Saavedra claimed she was not the homophobe or bigot her detractors accused her of being... then immediately said some very homophobic and bigoted things:
I don't have nothing, nothing against the gay people, against the lesbians. I don't care what you do with your life in private. What I do care is you try to contaminate our kids, that you are trying to force the regular people to get into your nasty behaviors.
Continuing to claim that her transgender victim was a "gay guy in the ladies' room," Saavedra tried to claim this was a "safety" issue (though it's unclear what would be unsafe about a person using the bathroom):
This is about safety. I am so tired of the LGBT community bullying me. They are the [ones] who are hateful.
In a video Saavedra recorded of the incident, she repeatedly called the trans woman a man, as well as "sick," and "stupid." She posted the video to Facebook several times, though it was removed every time due to Facebook content violations (the platform removes any content which contains "bullying.") Any other person might have taken that as a sign that what they were doing was wrong... but not Saavedra!
Saavedra came in third during her primary election early this year, effectively ending her political ambitions. It seems her plan to gain supporters by harassing innocent constituents didn't pan out.
Twitter was less than sympathetic when it came to Saavedra's troubles...
Following the incident, Denny's issued a statement in support of its LGBTQ patrons, saying:
We are dedicated to providing a welcoming dining environment for all our guests and believe that our transgender guests and team members should be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. Our restaurant teams attend training which covers our policies against discrimination and promotes respect for all guests.
Denny's gets it!