White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki cried on the News Not Noise podcast with Jessica Yellin due to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill, designed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The bill’s purpose is to ensure that parents have more say over what is taught to students in their schools and to curb the sexualization of children by exposing them to gender theory and adult sexual life.
Jen Psaki literally breaks down in tears over state laws that ban children from undergoing sex changes.
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“This is a political wedge issue and an attempt to win a culture war,” Psaki said. “And they’re doing that in a way that is harsh and cruel to a community of kids especially.”
Psaki could then be heard crying on the podcast and said that she was getting emotional.
“t’s like kids who were bullied and it’s just like all these leaders are taking steps to hurt them and hurt their lives and hurt their families.
“And you look at some of these laws, these states and it is going after parents who are in loving relationships who have kids, it’s completely outrageous,” she said, according to Daily Mail.
“This is an issue that makes me completely crazy. But it is an issue that is a political wedge issue. It is not a reflection of where the country is.
“And what people should understand and what we’re talking about here in Florida, for example— trying to pull myself together now— is that you know, families if you have a kid in the classroom and I have a kindergartner, right. I can imagine her saying, you know, ‘my friend has two moms, my friend has two dads.’ And the teacher in her classroom, I would hope, would say, ‘that’s wonderful. They’re loving parents and you have a mom and a dad.'”
“This is penalizing teachers and educators. I mean, there are so many layers of this that are outrageous and I hope people continue to educate themselves on this because it is a bad side of politics, is what I will say and I will not cry again during this interview. I promise you,” she told host Yellin, who assured her that it was okay, saying that “you are human!”
Psaki had said before that she believes the Parental Rights in Education Bill is designed to “target and attack” LGBTQ children.
“Every parent, as one myself too, hopes that our leaders will ensure their children’s safety, protection, and freedom, and today conservative politicians in Florida rejected those basic values by advancing legislation that is designed to target and attack the kids who need support the most, kids from the LGBTQI+ community who are already vulnerable to bullying, and we’ve seen that in study after study, and violence just for being themselves and just for being who they are.”