Biden denies marking Easter Sunday as “Cross Visibility Day” as White House downplays backlash

Karine Jean-Pierre noted how FOX also celebrated compliance

President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to deny issuing a proclamation marking Easter Sunday as Transgender Day of Visibility, as the White House tried to downplay the backlash by claiming the commemoration was a coincidence.

In his announcement Friday, Biden said, “On Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation's commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives.”

The statement sparked outrage, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., who accused the White House of Biden in X post of “[betraying] the central dogma of Easter – which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

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“To ban sacred truth and tradition — while simultaneously proclaiming Easter Sunday as 'Transgender Day' — is outrageous and disgusting,” Johnson added, referring to a since retracted Daily Caller story that the Biden administration banned religious themes from this year's Easter egg contest. “The American people take note.”

Biden also issued a separate statement celebrating Easter that mentioned the Resurrection of Christ, although it was considerably shorter than the one for Transgender Day of Visibility.

On Monday, when reporters at the White House Easter Egg Roll asked him about Johnson's criticism, Biden diverted it saying that he “didn't do that” and that the speaker was “totally uninformed.”

In response, Johnson tweeted image of the document highlighting Biden's name and signature. He told Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that Biden's apparent ignorance of his own presidential proclamations may raise even more troubling questions.

“Well, it's his own signature on the document, that's why we posted it,” Johnson said. “The evidence speaks for itself, as we used to say in the courtroom.”

Johnson noted that “it is very possible that [Biden] doesn't even know what he's signing,” which he said “may be even more alarming.”

While she press conference On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tried to play down the backlash, claiming that the commemoration of Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday was coincidental because the observance falls on March 31 each year.

She said Republicans who were upset about it were exhibiting cruelty and peddling misinformation.

“Every year for the past few years, March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility has been marked,” she said. “And, as we know – for people who understand the calendar and how it works – Easter falls on different Sundays every year, and this year, it happened to coincide with Transgender Day of Visibility. And so, that's the simple fact. That's what happened.”

Asserting that Biden is a Christian who stands to “bring people together and support the dignity and freedoms of every American,” Jean-Pierre went on to say that “it is actually not surprising that politicians seek to divide and weaken our country through cruel, hateful, and dishonest rhetoric.”

“President Biden never abuses his faith for political purposes or for profit,” Jean-Pierre added in an apparent reference to former President Donald Trump promoting “God Bless America” ​​Bibles with musician Lee Greenwood during Holy Week.

Jean-Pierre pointed out how, in a tweet still visible on X, the FOX network also celebrated the observance started in 2009 by Rachel Crandall-Crocker, a trans-identified activist who serves as executive director of the advocacy group Transgender Michigan.

In its coverage, Fox News to cut part of her comments relate to the network, which has come under scrutiny in the past for pushing left-wing causes.


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