White House press secretary Jen Psaki became emotional during a recent appearance on the News Not Noise podcast with Jessica Yellin when asked about the recent spate of anti-LGBTQ bills being passed in red states.
Psaki was asked if she believes the recent attacks on transgender and gay kids via “Don’t Say Gay” bills or legislation aimed at transgender female athletes was blowback against marriage equality or was it an “organized political attempt to create a wedge issue ahead of the midterms.”
“Ding. Ding. Ding,” Psaki said to indicate the latter.
“What I will say is the political games and harsh and cruel attempts at 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 stands,” Psaki said. “This is a political wedge issue and an attempt to win a culture war.”
“And they’re doing that in a way that is harsh and cruel to a community of kids,” she added. “Ah…I’m going to get emotional about this issue – because it’s horrible,” as she became clearly upset.
“But it’s like kids who are bullied and all these leaders are taking steps to hurt them and hurt their lives and hurt their families,” she continued. “And you look at some of these laws in these states and it’s going after parents who are in loving relationships who have kids. It’s completely outrageous.”
The whole episode is worth a listen but click in the time line below to the 14:55 mark for the section when Jen Psaki gets emotional on behalf of LGBTQ kids.