White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the Florida parental rights bill’s passage, and for once she didn’t feel like circling back to something.
“Regarding the Florida bill, in 1994 when many of us in this room were in school, President Biden actually voted for a much broader restriction that banned federal funds for being used for ‘the promotion of homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative,'” the reporter said. “Why did he do that and can you describe how this thinking has evolved over the years?”
Psaki’s response insulted the Florida bill, which does not ban the word “gay” in educational settings, calling it “discriminatory” and “a form of bullying.”
“I think that you’ve seen the president speak passionately about his view that a bill like this, a bill that would discriminate against families, against kids, put these kids in a position of not getting the support they need at a time when that’s exactly what they need, is discriminatory, it’s a form of bullying, it is horrific,” Psaki responded. “I mean the president has spoken to that. In terms of his views and comments from 25 years ago, I think the most important question now is why are Florida leaders deciding they need to discriminate against kids who are members of the LGBT community? What prompts them to do that? Is it meanness? Is it wanting to make kids have more difficult times in school in their communities? I would pose that question to them.”
Of course, critics argue that the bill doesn’t do any of those things. The specific wording of the bill actually demands schools “reinforce the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children” and prohibits classroom discussions on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” with children in the third grade and younger.
Psaki danced around Biden’s vote, which she would have no doubt also been called “horrific” if he had been a Republican or wasn’t currently her boss.
Biden issued a tweet regarding the legislation which proves that nobody in his camp has even bothered to read it, pushing the activist-left narrative instead.
I want every member of the LGBTQI+ community — especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill — to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are. I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve. https://t.co/OcAIMeVpHL
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 8, 2022
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