The White House on Wednesday said Republicans are more focused on “calling out” Mickey Mouse than policies helping people.
President Joe Biden hit out at the GOP’s “ultra-MAGA agenda” amid the fallout from a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion striking down federal abortion rights. The president later said the opinion could endanger other liberal precedents and lead to a ban of LGBT pupils in classrooms.
When asked about the comments, press secretary Jen Psaki bashed Republicans over what she said are misplaced priorities.
“The president will be judged by his actions and what he does to make lives better,” Psaki said. “Far too many of these MAGA Republicans, as he refers to them, follow the whims of calling out Mickey Mouse and opposing policies that will help make the lives better of many Americans.”
Psaki listed lowering the cost of prescription drugs, elder care, and expanded access to healthcare as among Biden’s priorities. She added that Biden uses the term “MAGA” because Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot this fall, but his agenda is.
The Mickey Mouse comments refer to an ongoing dispute between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney over the fallout from the state’s new Parental Rights in Education bill.
A reporter asked Psaki which states are planning to segregate LGBT children in the classroom.
“We’ve seen laws that are incredibly discriminatory,” she said. “That’s what the president is referring to, and the fact that he doesn’t know what additional steps could be taken by extreme wings of the party that would rather divide than work on issues people are actually focused on.”
“What he’s saying is we don’t know what they’re capable of given what they’ve already done to date,” said Psaki.