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News Analysis Mar 9, 2022 7:21 PM EST

White House claims Florida's anti-grooming bill discriminates against children

"It's a form of bullying, it's horrific," she said of the bill that prevents teachers from introducing ideas on gender identity and sexual orientation to children that don't know what sex is yet.

White House claims Florida's anti-grooming bill discriminates against children
Libby Emmons Brooklyn, NY

During Wednesday's press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki addressed questions about Florida's recent anti-grooming bill, that protects students in grades K-3 from activist teachers intent on bringing gender ideology into the classroom. She claimed that the bill, which protects parents' rights in from groomer educators, is discriminatory.

"In 1994, when many of us in this room were in school, President Biden [then Senator] actually voted for a much broader restriction that bans federal funds from being used for 'the promotion of homosexuality.' Is that a positive lifestyle alternative? Why did he do that? Can you describe how his thinking has evolved over the years?" Psaki was asked.

"Well, 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," she said of the bill that ensures that schools can't keep secrets about children's mental health from their parents.

"It's a form of bullying, it's horrific," she said of the bill that prevents teachers from introducing ideas on gender identity and sexual orientation to children that don't know what sex is yet. She said the president's comments in 1994 were irrelevant.

"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," she said, not acknowledging that the previous guidance in many school districts, including Florida, told teachers that it was right to keep secrets on children's mental health and "gender identity exploration" from parents.

"What prompts them to do that?" Psaki asked. "Is it meanness? Is it wanting to make kids have more difficult times in school and their communities? I would pose that question to them and we can talk about it more tomorrow if you get an answer," she said.

"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 and impact children," Psaki said.

The three-page bill, which Democrats have falsely propagandized as the "don't say gay" bill, actually prevents teachers from bringing gender ideology and sexually charged discussions into K-3 classrooms.

The law protects kids and parents from activist educators who see the classroom as their bully pulpit and children as experimental subjects for gender identity.

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