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White House Press Secretary broke into tears while discussing Florida’s controversial parental rights bill in a podcast released this week.
“I’m going to get emotional about this issue because it’s horrible,” Psaki said on Jessica Yellin’s “News Not Noise” podcast while fighting back tears discussing the Florida legislation recently signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis thar prohibits classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” with children in third grade or younger “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
“This is an issue that makes me completely crazy,” Psaki added.
Psaki explained that Republicans are using the legislation as a “political wedge issue” in an attempt to “win the culture war” in a way that is “harsh and cruel to kids.”
“It’s like kids who are bullied and then all these leaders are taking steps to hurt them and hurt their lives and hurt their families,” Psaki said, adding that there are “multiple layers” of the legislation that are “outrageous.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey DeSantis walk at Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Florida, Oct. 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner (REUTERS/Tom Brenner)
Psaki has repeatedly criticized the Florida bill along with President Joe Biden who called the bill “hateful” in a February tweet.
Members and supporters of the LGBTQ community attend the “Say Gay Anyway” rally in Miami Beach, Florida on March 13, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images) ( (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images))
Recent polling has shown that the bill, which has been labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” bill despite not banning the word or containing the word in the legislation, is popular among Florida voters including 52% of likely voters in the Democratic primary who say that they oppose the kind of teaching that the bill prohibits.