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Jen Psaki turned the tables on a Fox reporter who asked if Biden wants sex ed taught in preschool

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pauses for a moment as she addresses reporters on Thursday, April 15, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)
White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiPhoto: White House

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had no time for a Fox News reporter who implied that President Joe Biden may support sex education in preschool because he opposes the “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida.

The “Don’t Say Gay” law, which was signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) last week, bans discussions of LGBTQ people in elementary school and requires such discussions to be “developmentally appropriate” in older grades.

Related: Biden admin attacks Florida GOP for trying to ban teachers from talking about LGBTQ people

Supporters of the law say that sexually explicit material is being taught to young students, even though they are generally referring to discussions of diverse families or LGBTQ teachers who mention their partners in class. When pressed to defend the bill – which opponents say will lead to increased suicide among LGBTQ youthsupporters have called anyone who is against it a pedophile.

Fox’s Peter Doocy brought it up at the White House press briefing today, implying that Biden – who has called it a “hateful bill” – supports sex education for students even younger than kindergarten.

“You oppose this law that bans classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in K through three, does the White House support that kind of classroom instruction before kindergarten?” Doocy asked.

“Do you have examples of schools in Florida that are teaching kindergartners about sex education?” Psaki asked, getting right to the point.

“I’m just asking for the president’s opinion-” Doocy started to respond.

“Well I think that’s a relevant question,” Psaki interrupted, giving Doocy no time to continue to imply that the “Don’t Say Gay” law was passed in response to inappropriate curriculum in elementary schools or that Democrats secretly want kindergartners to view explicit material.

“Because I think this is a politically charged, harsh law that is putting parents and LGBTQ+ kids in a very difficult and heartbreaking circumstance,” Psaki continued. “So I actually think that’s a pretty relevant question.”

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