After being shut down by Jimmy Kimmel for his tweet about Harvey Weinstein, one would think that Donald Trump Jr. would want to take a break from Twitter. However, the president’s eldest son was not deterred by Kimmel’s remarks. Instead, he continued to rant and rave on Saturday morning, although he did switch gears from Weinstein to a bill that California Governor Jerry Brown signed on Friday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the bill “lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.”
The measure would also apply to people who donate blood but do not tell the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.
State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), one of the authors of the bill, said in a statement on Friday:
‘Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals. HIV should be treated like all other serious infectious diseases, and that’s what SB 239 does.
‘We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with state prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care.’
Those who support the bill have said that the past law disproportionately targeted women engaging in prostitution, even in cases where the infection was not transmitted. They’ve also argued that the current law discourages people from getting tested at all.
At the same time, Republican lawmakers like Senator Joel Anderson of Alpine have said the bill puts the public at risk:
‘I’m of the mind that if you purposefully inflict another with a disease that alters their lifestyle the rest of their life, puts them on a regimen of medications to maintain any kind of normalcy, it should be a felony. It’s absolutely crazy to me that we should go light on this.’
Trump Jr. made it clear on Saturday that he agrees with Anderson when he retweeted the article from the Los Angeles Times about the bill and included the following caption:
‘If this wasn’t insane enough it also applies to blood donors. Why help those who would knowingly expose others to HIV w/o informing them?’
A number of Trump Jr.’s followers responded to his tweet by joining him in bashing California.
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