Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy challenged Press Secretary Jen Psaki during Wednesday’s press briefing, asking about a claim President Joe Biden had made earlier in the day.
Biden, while speaking about the leaked early opinion draft that suggested the Supreme Court might overturn landmark abortion cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, claimed that Republicans might use that to implement laws that would segregate LGBTQ children from the other children in classrooms.
Joe Biden says that overturning Roe v. Wade could lead to LGBT children not being allowed in school classrooms:
"This MAGA crowd is the most extreme political organization that's existed in American history." pic.twitter.com/WyW6j52ju0
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“What happens if you have — states change the law saying that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children? Is that legit [under the] way the decision is written?” Biden asked, pivoting then to try to pin the issue to former President Donald Trump. “What are the next things that are going to be attacked? Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history.”
Doocy brought the comment up with Psaki during the briefing, asking where Biden had gotten the idea that anyone wanted to segregate LGBTQ kids.
Doocy: Biden "said…what happens if the states…say children who are LGBTQ can't be in classrooms w/other children. What is he talking about?
Psaki insists it's possible b/c "we have seen extreme laws that target LGBTQ" people & "we don't know what" the GOP's "capable of" pic.twitter.com/nL6syTynjF
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“The president said today, ‘What happens if you have states change the law saying that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children?’” Doocy began. “What is he talking about?”
“Well, I think, Peter, we’ve seen extreme laws that target LGBTQ families, their kids, across the country, and I think what he’s saying is we don’t know what they’re capable of, given what they’ve already done to date,” Psaki claimed.
“Which state is trying to segregate LGBTQ children in the classroom?” Doocy asked directly.
“I think we’ve seen laws that are incredibly discriminatory,” Psaki pushed back. “That’s what the president’s referring to, and the fact that he doesn’t know what additional steps could be taken by extreme wings of the party that would rather divide rather than work on issues that the American people actually are focused on and actually impacting them.”
Biden is not the only person to take a leap with regard to where a potential end of Roe might lead. “The View” host Joy Behar claimed on Tuesday that if the decision were overturned, the court might even eventually move to overturn Brown v. Board of Education and bring back racial segregation in the classroom.