Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) called Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) a “walking hate crime” after he called Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for health Rachel LevineRachel LevineBiden mourns loss of transgender Americans who died by violence in 2021 Indiana congressman regains control of Twitter account but stands by post that misgendered official Hillicon Valley — Facebook news dominates the day MORE, who is transgender, a man.

Earlier this week, Levine was named as one of USA Today’s “Women of the Year.” On Thursday, Paxton posted a screenshot of the post on Twitter and said, “Rachel Levine is a man.”

Nessel slammed Paxton for the comment, quote-tweeting his statement.


“When people ask me why I don’t attend National Association of Attorneys General events anymore, it’s this. Paxton is a walking hate crime,” she said.

The development comes as Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottTexas mail ballot rejections soar under new restrictions Idaho Senate Republicans kill bill banning trans medical care Ohio governor signs permitless concealed carry bill MORE (R) last month ordered that reports of transgender children receiving gender-affirming care such as puberty blockers be investigated by state agencies as child abuse. 

Texas was sued by Lambda Legal and ACLU Texas, who are representing the mother of a 16-year-old transgender teen who said the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services was investigating her. 

A Texas judge halted investigations by the state into parents providing gender-affirming care to transgender youth, issuing an injunction and saying the probe went “beyond the scope” of Abbott’s duty.

However, Paxton said he would be appealing the ruling. 

“Democrat judge tries to halt legal and necessary investigations into those trying to abuse our kids through ‘trans’ surgeries and prescription drugs,” Paxton said on Twitter. “I’m appealing. I’ll win this fight to protect our Texas children.”

The Hill has reached out to Paxton’s office for comment.

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