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How Tucker Carlson and a Story About a Possibly Fictional Trans Person Fueled Two Weeks of Violent, Right-Wing Protests

Posted On: Oct 26, 2021   |   Posted By: The New Republic

The scene at Los Angeles's Wi Spa on Saturday was disorienting: Anti-trans feminists carrying signs with slogans like “protect female spaces” mingled with QAnon-adherents chanting “Save our children”; men in tactical gear and pro-Trump t-shirts stood ready for battle; while elsewhere in the crowd, suspected members and friends of the Proud Boys harassed journalists. What brought them all together was a story that had been spreading for weeks through the right-wing ecosystem, a viral outrage about something that may not have even happened: In June, a woman filmed herself confronting the spa's staff, claiming that a person with a penis was in the women's-only section of the spa and exposing themselves not only to adults but to children, a story lab-made to appeal to anti-trans sentiment and panic. The video never shows the person meant to be its subject; according to a report in the Los Angeles Blade, police have found no corroborating witnesses. Still, the past two weeks have seen increasingly violent and...

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