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The Trump campaign and the White House are in disagreement over Biden's recognition of 'Transgender Day of Visibility'

President Joe Biden is facing criticism from Donald Trump and religious conservatives for declaring March 31 — which aligns with Easter Sunday this year — as 'Transgender Day of Visibility.' The Democratic president made the proclamation on Friday. It urges

By JOSH BOAK (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is facing criticism from Donald Trump’s campaign and religious conservatives for declaring March 31 — which aligns with Easter Sunday this year — as 'Transgender Day of Visibility.'

The Democratic president made the proclamation on Friday, urging 'all Americans to join us in highlighting the lives and voices of transgender people throughout our country and to strive towards ending violence and discrimination based on gender identity.'

In 2024, the March 31 designation coincides with Easter, one of Christianity’s most important celebrations. Trump’s campaign accused Biden, a Roman Catholic, of being insensitive to religion, and fellow Republicans piled on.

“We call on Joe Biden’s failing campaign and White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe tomorrow is for one celebration only — the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” said Karoline Leavitt, the Trump campaign’s press secretary. She assailed what she called the Biden administration’s “years-long assault on the Christian faith.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., said on social media that the “Biden White House has betrayed the central tenet of Easter” and called the decision “outrageous and abhorrent.”

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said the Republicans criticizing Biden “are seeking to divide and weaken our country with cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric.”

“As a Christian who celebrates Easter with family, President Biden stands for bringing people together and upholding the dignity and freedoms of every American,” Bates said. “President Biden will never abuse his faith for political purposes or for profit.”

Biden devoutly attends Mass and considers his Catholic upbringing to be a core part of his morality and identity. In 2021, he met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and afterward told reporters that the pontiff said he was a “good Catholic” who should keep receiving Communion.

But Biden’s political stances on gay marriage and support for women having the right to abortion have put him at odds with many conservative Christians.

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