Donald Trump criticizes Biden over Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter

Donald Trump hit out at President for recognizing , which falls on Easter Sunday this year, and falsely accused Biden of banning it.

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Meanwhile, the children compete in a religious-themed egg design contest at the White House Easter Art Contest.

These criticisms emerged following Trump's announcement of selling Bibles for $60, drawing ire from Democrats and certain religious figures. Additionally, Trump flooded social media with numerous posts on Easter Sunday, targeting his political adversaries amidst mounting legal challenges.

The latest wave of criticism commenced on Friday, with the White House issuing a proclamation designating Sunday as Transgender Day of Visibility. It urged Americans to unite in amplifying the experiences and voices of transgender individuals nationwide and to combat violence and discrimination based on gender identity.

This acknowledgment isn't novel; since 2009, has been observed annually on March 31, with the commemorating it each year since his election. In contrast, the date of Easter fluctuates yearly, falling on the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox.

However, Trump and Republicans swiftly interpreted this timing as an assault on Easter. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) lambasted the White House, alleging betrayal of Easter's core principle—the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Trump's campaign spokesperson, Carolyn Levitt, decried the declaration of Easter Sunday as Transgender Day of Visibility as sacrilegious, demanding Biden apologize to the millions of Catholics and Christians who regard Easter solely as a celebration of Christ's resurrection.

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The statement's differentiation between Catholics and Christians remains unclear, as Catholics are a subset of Christianity. Levitt refrained from immediate comment when approached for clarification on Sunday.

Biden, a devout Catholic, frequently references his faith and attends church weekly, becoming the second Catholic to hold the US presidency. On Sunday morning, he issued a statement commemorating Easter festivities.

The rationale behind the distinction drawn in the statement between Catholics and Christians is somewhat obscure, considering that Catholics fall under the broader umbrella of Christianity. Levitt's response to a request for comment on Sunday remains pending.

Biden, an ardent adherent of Catholicism, frequently expounds on his faith and regularly attends church services every weekend. He holds the distinction of being the second individual of the Catholic faith to ascend to the position of US President. On Sunday morning, he issued a statement commemorating the festivities of Easter.

“As we convene with our beloved ones, we reflect upon the sacrificial offering made by Jesus. We entreat for one another and treasure the blessings of the advent of new opportunities,” remarked Biden. “In light of the ongoing turmoil and strife claiming innocent lives worldwide, we reaffirm our unwavering dedication to fostering peace, safeguarding security, and upholding the dignity of all individuals.”

Leavitt censured Biden for purportedly prohibiting children from submitting religiously-themed egg designs for his Easter-themed art initiative, alluding to a longstanding tradition where offspring of National Guard personnel compile decorated eggs for exhibition at the White House.

The Egg Board, responsible for overseeing the competition, affirmed that the guidelines governing permissible content in the Easter egg decoration contest have remained unchanged for over 45 years, spanning across different administrations, including the Trump era. The stipulations dictate that eggs must refrain from containing any contentious material, religious insignia, overt religious motifs, or politically partisan declarations.

The American Egg Board's president and CEO, Emily Metz, declared that all activities and programs must refrain from discrimination based on religion, political beliefs, or any other category.

This declaration faced backlash from Republican and conservative circles, notably including South Dakota Governor Christy L. Despite this, figures like Noem, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, and Fox News amplified the critique, insinuating that these restrictions were novel under the Biden administration.

During CNN's State of the Union program, Senator Rafael G., a senior pastor at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, defended Biden by highlighting the annual fluctuation of Easter's date.

Expressing disdain for discriminatory attitudes towards transgender individuals, Senator Warnock emphasized Christianity's focus on marginalized and impoverished communities. He called for voices of faith to unite people rather than weaponizing religion against one another.

In a statement, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates echoed similar sentiments, condemning Trump's sale of $60 Bibles and his Easter weekend rhetoric. Bates emphasized President Biden's commitment to unity and the preservation of every American's dignity and freedom.

Trump drew criticism for likening his legal challenges to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in a social media post on Saturday. He further stirred controversy with another post on Sunday, insinuating politically motivated prosecution without evidence.

On Friday, Trump shared a photo on social media portraying Biden in a bound state, showcasing a trend of increasingly violent imagery in his campaign messages.

Encouraging his supporters to purchase Trump-branded Bibles, including a handwritten chorus of “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, Trump aimed to bolster his finances amidst legal troubles. Trump's post-presidential ventures include the sale of digital trading cards, cologne, and high-priced sneakers, primarily serving to enrich himself during financial difficulties.

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