Ron DeSantis's press secretary caused a stir on Friday with controversial tweets taking aim at critics of the state's "Don't Say Gay" bill.Introduced in the Florida state legislature last month, the "Don't Say Gay" bill would require schools to inform parents if their child identifies with an LGBT orientation, even in cases where the information would lead to "abuse, abandonment, or neglect" of the child.
It would also prohibit the teaching of certain gender identity and sexual orientation topics.Since its introduction, the bill has faced severe backlash, particularly from left-wing and progressive voices.
Hitting back at critics, Christina Pushaw, DeSantis's press secretary, called the proposal an "anti-grooming" bill and likened critics to pedophiles who "groom" underage children."The bill that liberals inaccurately call 'Don't Say Gay' would be more accurately described as an Anti-Grooming Bill," Pushaw wrote. "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.
Silence is complicity. This is how it works, Democrats, and I didn't make the rules.""Grooming" is defined by the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) as manipulations that a sexual "abuser uses to gain access to a potential victim, coerce them to agree to the abuse, and reduce the risk of being caught."In response to Pushaw's tweets, Carlos G.