Now, first off, Mr. Helms shows his typical disdain for true transsexuals. Mr. Helms is a charter member of the "They Will Take My Penis When They Pry My Cold Dead Fingers From It" Club. Second, he shows his cluelessness by insisting on adding the modifier "trans" to "women." You can be a woman, or you can be trans, but "trans woman" is just a PC way of saying, "Hey, I am really a dude...."
Now, what Mr. Helms is really saying is, "Hey, when I make fun of you, I expect you to laugh along with me." Uh, yes, we do understand that he is throwing "sarcasm" our way, and to be honest, we find it insulting. I know he approaches all of this with a classic male sense of entitlement, but is he really so clueless that he thinks we should actually appreciate his making such remarks? Apparently he is.
Things would be a lot more peaceful if extremists like Mr. Helms, and Mr. Sandeen would simply accept the fact that transsexuals want no part of their "freak show." They seek to demand that society accept them, and their penises, as female. Such is, of course, their right. But they should do it without trying to drag true transsexuals down to their level.
Until then, Mr. Helms should realize, while we don't appreciate his insults, he can, occasionally be good for a laugh when he makes some of his more outrageous remarks.