a florid school The board candidate drew applause after saying doctors treating trans children “should be hanging from the nearest tree.”
Alisabeth Janai Lancaster, who is running in the August primary for the Santa Rosa County School Board, made the comments on the Gulf Coast Patriots‘ near Navarre, Florida on Monday, the Pensacola News Journal reported.
in a video posted on the NWFlorida Conservatives Facebook groupLancaster weighed in on gender reassignment during her speech to area Republicans.
“These doctors who continue to mutilate these children and prescribe hormone blockers to these children, in my opinion, should be hanging from the nearest tree,” Lancaster said.
Watch a clip from the Lancaster address below:
Lancaster, who described herself as a conservative with Christian values, also said her roles as a mother and grandmother helped her run because she cares about the well-being of students, the newspaper reported.
“I am for the tutoring program and against any social engineering project, especially CRT, or any ideology that doesn’t belong on the school platform,” Lancaster said. “Children should not be burdened with the awakening agenda that is leaving a path of destruction wherever it goes.”
Lancaster’s opponent, incumbent Carol Boston, told the Pensacola News Journal that the school board was not in the medical or pharmaceutical business, but in the “education business.”
“A statement advocating a violent act such as lynching is abhorrent and alarming,” Boston stated. “It is un-American to call for the murder of Americans who disagree with us.”
Last month, the administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis requested that the Florida Board of Medicine ban treatment for trans children, NBC News reported.
The Republican governor also signed the Parents’ Rights in Education Act, popularly known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which largely banned the teaching of gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade classrooms in March.
Devin Cole, a transgender advocate as president of the Trans Socialist Initiative, observed that Lancaster had merely said “the quiet part of what conservatives believe.”
“Of course, as president of STRIVE, it’s a disgusting, deployable comment and a reminder that we absolutely have to come together and fight these horrible reactionary people who want to kill us,” Cole said. “She pretty much said it. They want to kill us, and we have to do everything in our power to bring them down, because now it all comes down to a matter of life and death for us as transgender people.”
HuffPost has reached out to Lancaster for comment.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.