Ron DeSantis says Biden is ‘totally out of his mind’ over allegations the government is threatening to withdraw school lunch money if they don’t adopt LGBTQ policies
- Florida’s Republican governor criticized the president at a news conference on Sunday
- He is reacting to a rule change in early May by the Department of Agriculture that could prevent federal food dollars from going to non-LGBTQI policy programs.
- These programs, like public schools, are now required to explicitly state that their policies protect against anti-LGBTQI discrimination.
- Republicans have claimed this means Biden will withdraw food assistance money from states that have placed limits on transgender youth.
- DeSantis’ criticism comes after South Dakota GOP Governor Kristi Noem threatened to sue the Biden administration over the rule change.
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said Sunday that President Joe Biden is “out of his control” after critics claimed the White House is trying to take federal school lunch dollars out of districts that don’t adopt friendly policies. to LGBTQI.
“We’re prepared for whatever Biden throws our way,” DeSantis said during a press conference about his recently passed state budget. ‘Yes, part of it is inflation and gas.’
‘Some of this is intentionally destructive policies’ too, ‘like trying to deny school lunch programs to states that don’t practice transgender ideology in schools’.
Biden’s Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced early last month that it would clamp down on federal food dollars destined for state and local governments that are not in line with the White House’s anti-LGBTQI discrimination policy.
Specifically, entities that receive money from the federal government’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) – which includes public schools – will have to update their policies to specifically prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
They are also required to investigate allegations of such discrimination.
This comes after more than a dozen states passed laws targeting transgender youth, such as requiring students to use restrooms and participate in sports teams that match their assigned gender at birth.
“I mean, give me a break,” DeSantis huffed. ‘Totally crazy to do that.’
Florida’s Republican governor vowed to be ‘fighting’ President Joe Biden’s Department of Agriculture after he proposed the new rule imposing anti-discrimination policies on LGBTQI Americans
“We’re fighting over this, don’t worry. Therefore, we are prepared to defend the taxpayers and working people of the state of Florida.’
In addition to trans participation laws, Florida also made headlines earlier this year with the controversial law that critics dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law.
It prohibits discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the kindergarten through third grade classrooms, as well as limits what is not “developmentally appropriate” for older students.
Biden previously traded verbal blows with DeSantis over the state’s controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, formally the Parental Rights In Education bill.
FNS, the agency in the USDA’s May rule change, is responsible for government-administered food benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and national school lunch and breakfast programs.
The agency said its proposal “is in line with USDA efforts to promote nutritional security,” according to a statement on the USDA website.
He cited statistics showing that nearly a quarter of transgender individuals suffer from food insufficiency, compared to just over eight percent of cisgender people.
“USDA is committed to administering all of its programs with equity and fairness, and serving those in need with the highest dignity,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement.
‘A key step in advancing these principles is to eradicate discrimination in any form – including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.’
He continued: ‘At the same time, we must recognize the vulnerability of LGBTQI+ communities and provide them with a way to grieve any discrimination they face. We hope that by standing firm against these inequalities, we will help bring about needed change.’
DeSantis’ outrage comes after fellow Republican leader, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, threatened to sue the Biden administration over the rule last week.
“President Biden is holding lunch money for poor American hostages in pursuit of his radical agenda,” Noem told Argus Leader June 2.
“He is insisting that we allow biological men to compete in women’s sports or else we will lose funding for SNAP and school lunch programs.”
Noem promised, ‘South Dakota will continue to uphold basic justice so our girls can compete and succeed.’
Fight for Schools executive director Ian Prior also criticized the update in comments to Fox News.
“For the federal government to step in and really link school nutrition and school lunch programs to this radical ideology is terrifying and it’s terrible,” he said.