After former White House press secretary and current MSNBC host Jen Psaki made a demonstrably false statement about Republicans, SiriusXM podcaster Megyn Kelly criticized Psaki.
During a segment on her Sunday show, Psaki accused Republicans of doing what Democrats actually do: pitting various demographic groups against one another for political advantage. She referred to this as “the re-emergence of a very old GOP playbook.” Psaki argued that the right was discriminating against transgender individuals in this instance.
“The right-wingers, the conspiracy theorists, the birthers, they now want us to forget the years they spent fear-mongering about Muslims and Islam. Ten years ago, standing against Sharia law was the key GOP litmus test. Now that litmus test seems to be how fervently you oppose transgender people,” Psaki said, adding, “Let’s be clear: This is the same old GOP playbook, another cynical ploy to tear at the fabric of our society and damage the idea that out of many, we are one, all because they want so desperately to regain the White House.”
“We’re noticing the reemergence of an old ploy straight from the GOP playbook, only this time the party has a new target,” tweeted the Inside with Jen Psaki account.
— Inside with Jen Psaki (@InsideWithPsaki) July 2, 2023
That ignited Kelly’s interest.
“It gets covered by MSNBC as ‘the white man is evil and manipulative,'” Kelly responded on her Monday program, noting that it is not true that Muslims have only recently renounced transgenderism and the LGBTQ movement and agenda.
“You could go back a long way to find out why Muslims object to the LGBTQ agenda, the way it’s currently being taught in particular,” she said.
She continued by calling Psaki’s untrue statements as “another diminishment of Muslims in America as, ‘You’re just too stupid to realize you are being manipulated. You can’t have a genuinely held belief.’”
“Whitey is at it again!” Kelly said. “It’s the whites trying to pit the loving Muslims who have always been pro-LGBTQ against the poor trans people.”
Kelly cited the large number of Muslim and Ethiopian Orthodox parents who recently demonstrated in Maryland’s largest school district against a law prohibiting them from removing their children from English classes that include LGBTQ-related content.
“Why are they mad? What actually drags a parent out on a weekend to protest? It has to be a lot. Parents are busy. They’ve got jobs, they’ve got kids, they don’t really have a lot of time to protest, but they did it on Tuesday outside the Board of Education meeting because Maryland’s largest school district will not allow them to opt out their children from books and lessons that have certain LGBTQ lessons that they find objectionable,” Kelly said, according to The Wrap.
“Maryland state law doesn’t allow the opt-out provision unless it’s a specific unit on sex ed, and this isn’t technically sex ed. They’ve folded it in under an English language arts curriculum. And these parents think it’s inappropriately sexual and has messages with which they do not agree when it comes to trans people,” she added.
“And so they’re going out there saying, ‘You can teach what you want,’ they’re not saying you have to shut down the lesson plan, but, ‘They’re our kids, and we should be permitted to be able to opt them out.’ And the school says, ‘No, you can’t,’” Kelly noted further.
“This doesn’t get covered on its substance — a debate about whether the parents are right or wrong, or what’s in the text,” she concluded. “It gets covered by MSNBC as ‘the white man is evil and manipulative.’”