Psaki calls Florida bill 'horrific' and 'bullying'

Psaki calls Florida bill ‘horrific’ and ‘bullying’ — but dodges question about Biden supporting similar policy

Jen Psaki is condemning a Florida bill protecting the rights of parents as “horrific” and “bullying,” despite the fact that her boss, Joe Biden, supported similar legislation in the past.

While denouncing Florida’s new law, Psaki dodged questions about Biden’s previous support of anti-LGBT legislation in the 1990s.

During a daily press briefing, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki how a Senate bill amendment in 1994 — which Joe Biden supported when he was a senator — is different than Florida HB 1557, a bill that protects parental rights in classrooms.

The Senate bill amendment from 1994 sought to “prohibit Federal funds for instructional materials, instruction, counseling, or other services on school grounds, from being used for the promotion of homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.”

The reporter asked, “Why did [Biden] do that?”

As usual, Psaki completely dodged the question, and instead attacked Florida.

“I think that you have seen the president speak passionately on his view that a bill like this that would discriminate against families, against kids, put these kids in the position of not getting the support they need at a time where that’s exactly what they need. It’s discriminatory. It’s a form of bullying. It is horrific. I mean, the president has spoken to that,” the press secretary said.

“In terms of his views and comments from 25 years go, I think the most important question now is why are Florida leaders deciding they need to discriminate against kids who are members of the LGBTQI community? What prompts them to do that? Is it meanness? Is it wanting to make kids have more difficult times in school and in their communities? I would pose that question to them and we can talk about it more tomorrow” Psaki continued.

The reporter then pressed the question further, but to no avail.

“Was there a reason he supported the same policy though in the ’90’s when we were all in school?” he asked.

“I think what’s important to note here is how outspoken the president has been against discrimination, against kids, against members of the LGBTQI+ community and what we’re looking at here is a bill that would propagate misinformed hateful policies that impact children,” the press secretary deflected.

Christina Pushaw, a spokeswoman for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, responded to Psaki’s comments in a tweet, correcting the record.

“The word ‘gay’ does not appear in the parental rights bill. It has nothing to do with LGBT content specifically; it’s about protecting young children from ALL inappropriate sexual content and gender theory instruction. It is the sole right of the parents to discuss those topics,” Pushaw said.

The legislation, which passed the in Florida Senate on Tuesday, March 8th, is designed to strengthen parents’ rights in public education.

For example, the legislation reinforces the “fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding upbringing & control of their children,” and also prohibits schools from adopting policies that would usurp parental rights to information about their children.

But Democrats are especially outraged by a provision in the bill that “prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels.”

The text of the bill, which is very straightforward, short, and easy for the public to read, states:

Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.

Despite not using the word “gay” once in the bill, Democrats have crafted a genius PR campaign referring the legislation as the “Don’t Say Gay bill.” The claim has been repeated by politicians, media members and news outlets, and on social media without any repercussions.

Source: The Blaze

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