Democrats keep taking a pass when pressed to define “woman,” and so Republicans keep asking.
The latest instance occurred at a House Appropriations Committee hearing Tuesday, when Education Secretary Miguel Cardona repeatedly skirted questions by Rep. Andrew Clyde, Georgia Republican, who asked, “Can you please define for me: What is a woman?”
“Our focus at the department is to provide equal access to students, including students who are LGBTQ, access free from discrimination,” Mr. Cardona said.
Asked a second time, Mr. Cardona said the question was “almost secondary” to his “important role” heading the Education Department.
Mr. Clyde tried a third time saying: “My question is not secondary. My question is very simple. What does [the Department of Health and Human Services] say the definition of a woman is?”
Said Mr. Cardona: “I lead the Education Department, and my job is to make sure that all students have access to public education, which includes co-curricular activities.”
“I think you highlighted pretty well the importance of Title IX in giving students equal access,” Mr. Cardona added.
Mr. Clyde wrapped it up by saying: “So you’re not going to answer my question.”
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Mr. Cardona was no more forthcoming when asked whether it is fair that “a mediocre male athlete can simply identify as a female and go on to dominate women’s sports,” responding that “our focus at the Department of Education is to provide equal access free from discrimination to students.”
The “what is a woman” exchange was reminiscent of last year’s exchange between Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, and then-Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, who replied, “I’m not a biologist.”
Her response became a national punch line. She was ultimately confirmed by the Senate.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra also took a pass at a House hearing last year, after being quizzed by Rep. Mary Miller, Illinois Republican.
“Congresswoman, I’m looking at you, and I think you’re a woman. How much more do you want me to give you?” Mr. Becerra said.