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Virginia Delegate-Elect Danica Roem Appears on Comedy Central to Talk About Her Historic Win

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Transgender Virginia delegate-elect Danica Roem appeared on Comedy Central's satirical talk show The Opposition with Jordan Klepper last night to talk about the issues her preccinct in Virginia is facing and her historic win against Republican incumbent Robert G. Marshall.

Marshall, who, according to The Washington Post, had called himself "Virginia's chief homophobe," is the man responsible for introducing an anti-trans bathroom bill to the state earlier this year that died in commitee. 

Roem talked to host Jordan Klepper about the issues she'll tackle while in office, including repairing roads and getting the uninsured consituents of Virginia's 13th District onto affordable health insurance. 

Responding to Klepper's question about why she wouldn't bash her former campaign opponent after defeating him, Roem explained: "The people of the 13th District didn't elect me to be rude. They elected me to fix Route 28, they elected me to fight Dominion Energy's Power Tower proposal in Gainesville and Haymarket... they elected me to insure 3,700 uninsured people, and they voted for me so that we could actually make some damn progress in our commonwealth, as opposed to singling out and stigmatizing the very people we were elected to serve." 

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She continued: "I really don't care what your party identification is. To me, it doesn't matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship, who you love, or, yeah, how you rock."

The pair also discussed a recent New York Times opinion piece which calls Roem a "boring" candidate. 

"I don't know at what point in American culture a transgender, metalhead, journalist, stepmom, vegetarian became boring, but guilty as charged..."

Take a look at the full interview below:


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