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Psaki defends Biden transgender order; no sympathy for female students competing with biological males

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dismissed growing concerns over President Joe Biden’s executive order calling on American schools to allow transgender students to compete in the sport of their chosen gender identity or risk losing federal funding.

“The president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights,” Psaki said. “And that’s why he signed that executive order.”

 

When asked by a reporter Tuesday, what Biden’s message was to school officials tackling the disputes regarding transgender and cisgender girls competing together, particularly for college scholarships, Psaki said, “the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights.

A reporter asked if the White House had a message for “trans girls and cis girls” who may be competing against each other,” pointing out that it’s “sparking some lawsuits and some concern among parents.”

 

Initially, Psaki tried to play dumb, saying, “I’m not sure what your question is.”

When the reporter pointed to Biden’s executive order, his spokesperson snapped, “I’m familiar with the order but what was your question about it?”

“My question is does the president have a message for local school officials in dealing with these kind of disputes that are already starting to arise between trans girls who are competing and cis girls in a level playing field, particularly in high school sports where it leads to college scholarship,” the reporter clarified. “Is there any kind of messaging or clarification the White House wants to give on the executive order?”

It was at this point that Psaki said Biden believes that “trans rights are human rights.”

“And in terms of the determinations by universities and colleges, I would certainly defer to them,” she added.

Biden’s executive order stated, “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.”

This being the language of the progressive left, not Joe Biden.

It also means the Democratic administration has few sympathies for female student athletes being forced to compete against biological males who “identify” as females.

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley voiced her frustrations over the issue in a piece published Monday by the National Review.

“Across the sporting world, the game is being rigged against women and in favor of biological men,” the Republican politician wrote. “President Biden is the latest man to do the rigging, which is strange coming from someone billed as a defender of women.”

Haley called the order “an attack on women’s rights.”

“Generations of women fought hard to ensure that their daughters and granddaughters had a level playing field, because girls deserve the same chance as boys to play sports,” she noted.

“Transgender kids deserve support and respect,” Haley would add. “The fact remains, however, that biological boys and girls are built differently. The best male athletes have a natural advantage over the best female athletes. You have to ignore science not to see it.”

She concluded by saying justice and equality are on the line, and that “common sense is just as important as compassion. Women haven’t run this race only to find we never had a chance to win.”

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