Former White House press secretary and current MSNBC host Jen Psaki claimed that Muslims opposed to LGBT ideology in schools are being “manipulated” by conservatives and “white supremacists.”
“The GOP successfully managed to split off Southern Whites from the Democratic Party. Now, decades later, the right wing is reviving that same playbook, this time with Muslim Americans and trans people,” Psaki said. “The GOP is trying to recruit Muslim Americans… against another tiny marginalized group of Americans, transgender people.”
Biden’s former press secretary went on to frame GOP opposition to Islamic extremism as an attack on all Muslims. She also repeated the “Muslim ban” lie, accusing former President Trump of “banning Muslims” from entering the United States. In reality, the temporary order extended to citizens of six unstable Middle Eastern and North African countries with high terrorist activity.
“It’s important to remember that back in 2011, during the Republican primary, the right wing had designated Muslim Americans as public enemy number one. No surprise, given that conspiracy theorists – remember the birthers? I do – have been trying for years to portray President Obama as a Trojan horse for Sharia law,” Psaki said.
“Republican after Republican candidate ginned up fear about the fabricated threat posed by an Islamic legal doctrine debated by scholars for centuries. To them, the imaginary prospect of Sharia law in this country was scarier than gun violence, climate change, and more important to discuss than, say, millions of people who didn’t have health care.”
Psaki’s comments come as a growing number of Muslim Americans have organized to protest the teaching of gender and LGBT ideology in schools. At a recent Muslim community demonstration in Maryland, men and mothers in hijabs raised signs and chanted in opposition to a move by local schools to remove “opt out” alternatives for families who do not want their children to participate in sex education antithetical to their religions.
Protesters shouted “protect out children” while counter protesters replied with “secular schools.”
Ismail Royer, the director of the Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team for the Religious Freedom Institute, told Fox News that Psaki’s comments were offensive and insulting to Muslims.
“The left wants to scare Muslims into accepting its indoctrination of our children in exchange for a smile and pat on the head,” Royer told Fox News. “They insult Muslims by portraying us as having no agency or intelligence but can’t imagine that we’ve weighed the bargain they offer us and rejected it.”