White House press secretary Jen Psaki broke down in tears over anti-grooming laws in an interview with podcaster Jessica Yellin on Tuesday.
“I’m going to get emotional about this issue because it’s awful… This is an issue that drives me absolutely insane,” Psaki said when asked about laws passed in Republican states restricting schools on transgender issues and gender identity and giving parents more control over their child’s upbringing.
Laws, like the one passed in Florida, prohibit discussions of sexual identity and gender in classrooms with young children and prevent school officials from changing a child’s gender without parental consent.
PSAKI said the laws were “cruel” and did not represent the majority of Americans.
“It’s like kids being bullied and all these leaders are taking action to hurt them, hurt their lives and hurt their families,” she said. cry.
She chastised Republicans for using the laws as a “political wedge issue” in the ongoing culture war fights in the United States.
“The political games and attempts at tough and cruel laws, or the laws that we see in some states like Florida, … don’t reflect the country being against LGBTQ+ communities,” she said.
PSAki has planned a future job with cable outlet MSNBC, as she is expected to leave the White House as early as May. She declined to confirm details of her future work.
But PSAKI has raised his profile in recent days, taking part in more friendly podcast interviews.
In an interview with former colleagues in President Barack Obama’s administration, PSAKI criticized Fox News as a company that “could make anyone look like a stupid son of a bitch,” referring to a time when the president Joe Biden cursed their White House Correspondent Peter Doocy.