White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not hold back tears discussing Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which prohibits educators from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with children in third grade and below.
In her recent appearance on the “News Not Noise” podcast, Psaki harshly criticized the bill and the Florida Republicans who promoted it.
“The 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,” Psaki told host Jessica Yellin. “This is a political wedge issue and an attempt to win a culture war, and they’re doing it in a way that is harsh and cruel to a community of kids.”
As Psaki continued, she became very upset and unable to control her emotions.
“I’m going to get emotional about this issue, because it is horrible,” Psaki said as she began to cry. She went on to say that the Florida legislators are hurting bullied kids, their families and their lives.
After apologizing for getting emotional, Psaki said, “This is an issue that makes me completely crazy.”
In response to this incident, Fox News reported that Governor Desantis’ Press Secretary Christina Pushaw criticized Psaki’s remarks.
“It’s troubling that a Biden Administration official would break down in tears because of a law that protects parental rights,” Pushaw said “Why is it so important to her for teachers to instruct children in grades k-3 about transgenderism and sexuality?”