Dem Sen. Bob Casey joins Biden in declaring Easter Sunday at Trans Day of Visibility

 April 1, 2024

Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, amidst his bid for reelection against Republican opponent David McCormick, aligned himself with President Joe Biden in recognizing Easter Sunday as "Transgender Day of Visibility."

In a social media post on X, Senator Casey expressed his pride in acknowledging Transgender Day of Visibility and pledged his support for individuals embracing their true selves.

Casey's support

He underscored his unwavering commitment to ensuring the protection and dignity of transgender and nonbinary individuals throughout the nation.

Senator Casey's declaration unfolded amid a wave of criticism aimed at President Biden for proclaiming March 31, 2024, as "Transgender Day of Visibility," coinciding with Easter Day, Christianity's most sacred observance.

Despite the backlash, the White House stood firm on its decision, with Casey and other Democratic figures echoing their support.

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

McCormick's contrast

McCormick, a notable business figure and military veteran running as a Republican candidate, shared a snapshot on X alongside his wife following an Easter service.

McCormick extended warm Easter wishes to his audience and lauded Northway Christian Church for its extensive community service contributions in Pittsburgh and beyond. The conservative's response was clear, yet did not go as far as Trump's statement to condemn Biden's actions.

Trump, Johnson respond

The Trump campaign swiftly responded to President Biden's proclamation, issuing a statement demanding an apology.

“We call on Joe Biden’s … 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 the Trump campaign’s press secretary, Karoline Leavitt.

House speaker also responded with strong words, stating the, “Biden White House has betrayed the central tenet of Easter” and called the president’s declaration “outrageous and abhorrent," according to the Guardian's report.

Casey's stance aligns with the broader Democratic support for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility, but could be a concern for voters over his Easter controversy.

As the election season unfolds, these issues are likely to remain at the forefront of the political discussion, impacting the response to Casey and Biden in the November elections.

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