Newly elected Virginia state delegate Danica Roem just pulled off the classiest response to ever grace the lips of a politician. Roem, who is openly transgender (and plays in a metal band), ran against Bob Marshall, a Republican incumbent who infamously billed himself as the commonwealth’s “chief homophobe.” Marshall also penned Virginia’s so-called bathroom bill, which would have made it unlawful for trans folks to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.
The race was marred by Marshall’s constant stream of petulant transphobia and general asshattery, including frequently misgendering Roem and depicting her as a bathroom predator, but Roem rose above his bottom-dwelling commentary–and trounced him on election day.
After the race, a reporter asked her about her opponent. Her inspiring and graceful response? “I don’t attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”
When asked about Bob Marshall, Danica Roem said “I don't attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”
— Nicholas Trevino (@BlyTarbell) November 8, 2017
Roem’s answer is so classy it almost tops her response to Marshall’s steady stream of anti-LGBTQ legislation over the years (he’s one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in America), which was to run for his seat in the Virginia statehouse and beat him by 10 points.