Jazmina Saavedra, a Republican candidate for Congress in California, confronted a trans woman using the ladies restroom in a Denny’s restaurant and live-streamed the encounter on her Facebook. Saavedra told her Facebook audience that she was attempting to use the women’s restroom when she realized that a trans woman had occupied the bathroom stall.
“I’m trying to use the ladies’ room and there is a man here claiming that he is a lady,” she says to the camera. Next, Saavedra begins to yell at the woman in the stall. She says to her, “You’re invading my privacy.”
The pair argue through the closed stall door until Saavedra leaves to wait for the trans woman outside of the restroom. “So, that guy is violating my right to use the ladies’ room here, and he’s saying he’s a lady! Stupid guy,” she says to the camera while she waits.
Saavedra acknowledges that trans women have the right to use the women’s room under California law. She complains, “This is so stupid, that California … how they let people say, ‘It’s a lady, you should….’ It’s a man saying that he’s a lady.”
When the trans woman leaves the bathroom, she says, “Excuse me, I was in the toilet, how did I invade your privacy?” After the trans woman leaves the restaurant, Saavedra pulls a stun gun and can of pepper spray out of her purse.
The video was posted to Facebook with the caption, “A man in a ladies room saying He is a woman. (Obama legacy).” Since it’s time of publishing, it has been seen more than 70,000 times.
Jazmina Saavedra is running against Democratic Representative Nanette Diaz. In a statement, Diaz said, “I was appalled by the treatment that this woman received for simply trying to use the restroom. Everyone has the right to their own identity, and the right not to be discriminated against for who they are.”