President Biden hosted an LGBTQ celebration on the South Lawn outside The White House on Saturday afternoon.
Biden has already posted several tweets marking Pride with two new actions to support LGBTQ rights and transgender children.
Both got push back on Twitter but what really sent them over the edge was the way The White House hung a prominent rainbow flag between two US flags.
Biden posted a photo of the flag with,
Today, the People’s House – your house – sends a clear message to the country and to the world.
America is a nation of pride.”
Today, the People’s House – your house – sends a clear message to the country and to the world.— President Biden (@POTUS) June 11, 2023
America is a nation of pride. pic.twitter.com/ZZS9oTpDww
Biden’s tweet has had almost 200,000 likes but many right-wingers were outraged at what they viewed as an insult.
Conservative commentator Benny Johnson accused Biden of placing the American flag in a “subservient” position. Many others claimed it broke a code of violations relating to the display of the US flag.
Accusations of code violations were flying around but another US flag was FLYING above the White House, higher than the three flags that overlooking the South Lawn. So, no flag protocol was breached. (FYI, tomorrow is Flag Day.)
MAGA heads were also exploding over trans activist Rose Montoya‘s TikTok video,
I had the honor of attending White House Pride, the largest one in history where the pride flag flew for the first time. This is trans joy.
We’re here at the white house unapologetically trans, queer, and brown.”
Montoya’s minute-long video included shots of Biden delivering remarks, her meeting the president and first lady Jill Biden as well as posing with other attendees.
It was a brief shot where Montoya is seen topless with her hands covering her breasts alongside two shirtless trans men that had an edited version of her video to be circulated on Twitter by conservatives.
Collin Rugg, co-owner of conservative commentary outlet Trending Politics tweeted,
This is what happened on the White House lawn.”
The Libs of TikTok account also tweeted:
This is what happened at the White House pride event. A disgrace to our country.”
This is what happened at the White House pride event. A disgrace to our country. pic.twitter.com/QmXVIdmOPr— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) June 13, 2023
However, some defended Montoya and others who were topless.
The topless video took place after the majority of people had cleared out, as no one else is present in the video besides the topless people.
Also, since yall call trans women men, what’s wrong with her boobs being out, since she’s a man after all.”
Montoya posted a video responding to the outrage yesterday,
It has recently come to my attention that conservatives are trying to use the video of me topless at the White House to try to call the community groomers etc.
And I would just like to say that first of all, going topless in Washington D.C. is legal and I fully support the movement in freeing the nipple because why is my chest now deemed inappropriate or illegal when I show it off? However, before coming out as trans, it was not.
All you’re doing is affirming that I am a woman. All you’re doing is saying that trans women are women. Because for some reason, people like to sexualize women’s bodies and say that they are inappropriate.
My transmasculine friends are showing off their top surgery scars and living in joy, and I wanted to join them. And because it is perfectly within the law in Washington, D.C. I decided to join them and cover my nipples just to play it safe.
Because I wanted to be fully free and myself. I had zero intention of trying to be vulgar, or be profane in any way. I was simply living in joy, living my truth and existing in my body. Happy Pride. Free the nipple.”