White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told CNN’s Chris Wallace that she believes teachers should have the right to discuss gender identity with their pupils in grades as early as kindergarten.
According to The Hill, Psaki sat with Wallace for his CNN+ show to offer commentary on “her time behind the briefing room podium” as well as “the current state of politics.”
What are the details?
During a Wednesday interview for “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” the namesake host discussed Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law and those railing against the newly implemented mandate prohibiting classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.
“Don’t parents have a right to have concern?” he asked. “We’re talking specifically here about teaching about sex in kindergarten through third grade. I have to say as a parent, I would have problems with that.”
Psaki responded, “But the law’s not about teaching sex education — it’s about teaching about gender identity, and so what do you do if a parent or a kid … in one of these elementary schools says, ‘What about Sally, Sally has two moms?’ or ‘I’m not sure if I’m a girl or a boy.'”
“I mean, these are kids who are experiencing these moments in their lives,” she reasoned. “I also think that … there’s not a big record of there being either sex education or extensive gender identity education in these schools, and this is creating a problem or a political cudgel about an issue that I don’t think exists.”
At the time of this reporting, the video below — courtesy of RNC Research — has been viewed more than 559,000 times.
What else do we know about this?
Earlier this week, Psaki spoke with “News Not Noise” podcast host Jessica Yellin, and broke down in tears over newly implemented educational mandates such as Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.
“This a political wedge issue, an attempt to win a culture war,” she insisted. “And 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.”
Choking up and openly crying, she continued, “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. And you look at some of these laws in these states, and it is going after parents who are in loving relationships, who have kids. It’s completely outrageous.”
“I will not cry again during this interview, I promise you,” she later added. “This is an issue that makes me very crazy.”