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Joe Biden criticized by Trump campaign for declaring Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday

Donald Trump’s campaign criticized Joe Biden for declaring that Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) would be recognized on Easter Sunday.

THE The American President made the announcement Friday, saying the day was intended to “honor the courage and extraordinary contributions of transgender Americans and to reaffirm our nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect union.”

He urged Americans “to join us in elevating the lives and voices of transgender people across our country and working to eliminate violence and discrimination based on gender identity.”

TDOV, which celebrates the transgender community, has fallen on March 31 each year since 2009.

But critics of Democrat Mr. Biden criticized his decision to declare it on the same day this year, knowing that it coincides with Easter Sunday, a holy day for Christians that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus.

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Joe Biden boards Air Force One on Good Friday. Photo: AP

that of Mr. Trump Campaign press secretary Karoline Leavitt demanded an apology from the Biden administration, saying the move was part of a “year-long attack on the Christian faith.”

“We call on Joe Biden’s failed campaign and the White House to apologize to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe that tomorrow is only one celebration: the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Ms. Leavitt said Saturday.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican, also criticized the president, saying “the Biden White House has betrayed the central principle of Easter” and calling the decision “outrageous and abhorrent” on social media.

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UNITED STATES – APRIL 10: President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet guests on the South Lawn during the White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 10, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden at the White House Easter Egg Roll in April of last year. Photo: AP

White House spokesman Andrew Bates said Republicans criticizing Mr Biden “seek to divide and weaken our country with cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric”.

“As a Christian celebrating Easter with family, President Biden stands for bringing people together and respecting the dignity and freedoms of every American,” he added.

“President Biden will never abuse his faith for political gain or profit.”

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Mr. Biden is regularly seen attending church services and has said in numerous interviews that he considers his Catholic upbringing a vital part of his identity.

He met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2021 and later told reporters that the pontiff said he was a “good Catholic” who should continue to receive communion.

But Mr. Biden’s policy positions on same-sex marriage and his support for women’s rights to abortion put him at odds with many conservative Christians.

It’s a regular reference point for Mr. Trump over the years, who in 2020 claimed his political opponent was “against God”.

“He’s following the agenda of the radical left: Take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment, no religion, no nothing, hurt the Bible, hurt God,” Mr. Trump told the crowd in Cleveland then that he was trying to win over voters in this swing state. from Ohio.

Mr Biden called the then-president’s attack “shameful” and said his faith was the “foundation” of his life.

The president and first lady are set to host their third Easter egg roll at the White House on Monday – a historic tradition that sees tens of thousands of participants take part in themed activities.

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