A spokesperson for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says that anyone opposed to legislation which would severely limit any discussion of LGBTQ issues in the classroom is “probably” a pedophile who is secretly interested in “grooming” children to have sex with adults.

According to Mediaite, Christina Pushaw made her remarks on Twitter:

“The bill that liberals inaccurately call ‘Don’t Say Gay’ would be more accurately described as an Anti-Grooming Bill,” posted DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw in a Twitter thread.

“If you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4-8 year old children,” she continued, mocking liberals. “Silence is complicity. This is how it works, Democrats, and I didn’t make the rules.”

After getting significant criticism, Pushaw retweeted a defense of her remarks:

The bill states:

“Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

DeSantis has also been a defender of the legislation, which has passed the Florida House of Representatives and is scheduled for a vote in the Florida Senate today. Specifically, The governor had this to say about the “Don’t Say Gay” bill:

“When you actually look at the bill and it says ‘no sexual instruction to kids pre-K through three,’ how many parents want their kids to have transgenderism or something injected into classroom instruction?

“It’s basically saying for our younger students, do you really want them being taught about sex? And this is any sexual stuff. But I think clearly right now, we see a focus on transgenderism, telling kids they may be able to pick genders and all of that.”

President Joe Biden has made it clear he thinks the legislation is an attempt to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans and limit free speech:

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