President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the US was in a battle “for the very soul of this nation,” and said that states that opposed subjecting minors to gender extremist ideology are “ultra MAGA.”
Biden made the comments while remarking on Pride Month, where he announced a slew of new executive actions that would be taken.
“Pride is back at the White House. On day one, this has been the most pro-equality administration in history,” said the president.
“No one knows better than the people in this room, we have a lot more work to do. A lot more work to do. I don’t have to tell you about the Ultra MAGA agenda, attacking families and our freedoms. 300 discriminatory bills introduced in states across this country,” he continued.
“In Texas, knocking on front doors to harass and investigate parents who are raising transgender children. In Florida, going after Mickey Mouse for God’s sake.
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“All of you in this room know better than anyone that these attacks are real and consequential for real families, for real families,” he continued.
“Violent attacks on the community including ongoing attacks on transgender women of color make our nation less safe, because they tax her more than ever last year. And they’re on pace again this year. They’re disgusting. And they have to stop,” the president said.
“We’re in a battle for the very soul of this nation. And that’s not hyperbole. We’re in a battle for the soul of the nation. When I look around this room here at all you here today, it’s a battle I know we will win. We will,” Biden assured.
First Lady Jill Biden also told Americans that their rights are under attack, while calling out Republican states: “We know that this progress haven’t reached everyone in the same way. We know that in places across the country like Florida, Texas, or Alabama, rights are under attack. And we know that in small towns and big cities, prejudice and discrimination still lurk,” she said.
“It shouldn’t take courage” to “be yourself,” she said.
At the end of the speeches, President Biden signed the executive order “Advancing Equality for LGBTQI+ Individuals,” which will address “Over 300 anti-LGBTQI+ laws” that have been passed in the country. The order also cracks down on conversion therapy practices.