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Fri Oct 14, 2022, 11:46 AM

How an urban myth about litter boxes in schools became a GOP talking point

NBC News
Oct. 14, 2022, 8:30 AM EDT
By Tyler Kingkade, Ben Goggin, Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny

At a luncheon for Republican women in Mesa County, Colorado, last week, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., warned that educators “are putting litter boxes in schools for people who identify as cats.”

To a person not steeped in the culture war battles over gender identity that have engulfed school districts nationwide, it’s the kind of claim that would sound bizarre and confusing — and, from high-profile GOP members, authoritative.

The week before, on Sept. 29, Minnesota GOP gubernatorial nominee Scott Jensen asked during a campaign stop, “Why do we have litter boxes in some of the school districts so kids can pee in them, because they identify as a furry?”


At least 20 conservative candidates and elected officials have claimed this year that K-12 schools are placing litter boxes on campus or making other accommodations for students who identify as cats, according to an NBC News review of public statements.


Apparently they have now gone catshit crazy

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