White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre expressed sympathy for the trans community after a transgender person murdered six people, including three young children, this week at a school in Nashville.
“I know that the White House released a proclamation for Trans Day of Visibility,” a reporter said during Thursday’s press briefing. “There is a march happening tomorrow to commemorate this day but also to protest these types of bills that are continuing to be passed and advanced in legislatures across the country.”
“What is the White House’s message to these lawmakers that are passing these bills and to those who are taking to the streets to protest them?” the reporter asked.
Jean-Pierre claimed that the administration only supported “peaceful protest” before saying that the administration had “been very clear about these anti-LGBTQ bills that we’re seeing in state legislators — state legislatures across the country, in particular these anti-trans bills, as they attack trans kids, as they attack trans parents.”
“It is — it is shameful. And it is unacceptable,” she declared. “As you mentioned, tomorrow’s Trans Visibility Day. On a day that we should be lifting up our trans kids, our trans youth, and making sure that they feel seen, we’re seeing more and more of these hateful, hateful bills.”
“And that’s what Republicans want to spend their time on,” she claimed. “And one of the things that we saw during the midterm elections is that people don’t want their freedoms to be taken. They want us to fight for their freedoms.”
“And so, it is shameful. It is disturbing. And our hearts go out to those — the trans community as they are under attack right now,” she concluded. “But this is a President who has said many times before he has their backs. He will continue to have their backs. And he will continue to fight for them. And his record shows that.”
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