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05/26/2016 09:00 am ET Updated May 26, 2016

Congresswoman Shuts Down Transphobic Woman: 'You're A Bigot, Lady'

"I cannot allow that kind of bigotry to go into the record unchallenged."

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) proved she has no tolerance for transphobia.

Lofgren criticized the submitted testimony of Gail Heriot, of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, who spoke as a witness during a Wednesday House Judiciary Committee hearing on regulatory overreach.

Heriot argued that trans people shouldn't be accepted as the gender they identify with, saying, "If I believe that I am a Russian princess, that doesn’t make me a Russian princess, even if my friends and acquaintances are willing to indulge my fantasy."

Lofgren was not having it.

"I've got to say, I found this rather offensive, and it says to me that the witness really doesn't know anything and probably has never met a transgender child who is going through, in almost every case, a very difficult experience finding themselves," Lofgren said.

"I think it's very regrettable that comment was put into the record, and I think it's highly offensive," Lofgren added.

When Heriot tried to respond, Lofgren shut her down.

"I think you're a bigot, lady, I think you are an ignorant bigot," Lofgren said.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) halted Lofgren's remarks, declaring her "out of order." But the congresswoman didn't back down from her criticism.

"We allow witnesses to say offensive things, but I cannot allow that kind of bigotry to go into the record unchallenged," Lofgren said.

Watch Lofgren's remarks above.

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