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Jen Psaki Breaks Down in Tears While Discussing GOP’s ‘Harsh and Cruel’ Attacks on LGBTQ Children

We're with you, Jen.

During a podcast interview with Jessica Yellin of “News, Not Noise” released on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was overwhelmed by grief.

The host approached Psaki about the growing number of anti-LGBTQ bills around the country, asking “How do you make sense of what’s happening? Is this sort of a predictable backlash to change? Or is this an organized political attempt to create a wedge issue ahead of the midterms in the 2024 campaign? Sort of like the way gay marriage was weaponized in 2004?”

Psaki told the host that she had to speak carefully due to the Hatch Act, which prohibits those working in the White House from appearing to support specific political causes. The Hatch Act never slowed down anyone in the Trump White House, but Biden’s team has taken great care.

[T]he political games and harsh and cruel attempts at laws, or laws that we’re seeing in some states like Florida, that is not a reflection of the country moving to oppose LGBTQ+ communities. That is not what we see in data, that is not factual, and that is not where things stand. This is a political wedge issue, and an attempt to win a culture war.

Psaki is exactly right. Not only do the bills like the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” legislation in Florida harm kids, but they also do nothing that benefits anyone. They are aimed at placating conservatives who are angry that America is a progressive nation, socially.

Then Psaki got emotional when discussing just how much harm laws like these do to kids. And she outlined just which kids are most harmed by it: The ones who are most vulnerable.

As she broke down into tears, the Press Secretary told Yellin exactly how she felt:

They’re doing that in a way that is harsh and cruel to a community of kids, especially. I’m going to get emotional about this issue because it’s horrible! But it’s kids who are bullied, and 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 in these states and who’s going after parents who are in loving relationships, who have kids. It’s completely outrageous! Sorry, this is an issue that makes me completely crazy.

It’s true. Republicans specifically target already marginalized people to make them feel even less human.

It’s sad to hear Jen Psaki get so filled with hurt when she talks about this issue. But imagine how the kids and parents who are actually affected by these laws feel.


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