Raphael Warnock Shuts Down GOP Criticism Of Transgender Day Of Visibility

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Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) handed out a lesson on faith amid GOP criticism of International Transgender Day of Visibility coincidentally falling on Easter Sunday.

Warnock's comments came after House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said it was "outrageous and abhorrent" for President Joe Biden to recognize Sunday (March 31) as Transgender Day of Visibility despite it being held annually on the date since 2009. Johnson was among other GOP critics including former President Donald Trump and Caitlyn Jenner who spoke out against Biden over the Easter Sunday coincidence.

In an interview with CNN, Warnock, who also serves as a senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, schooled Johnson for claiming that the Biden administration “betrayed the central tenet of Easter” by recognizing the annual event.

“Apparently, the speaker finds trans people abhorrent, and I think he ought to think about that,” Warnock said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“This is just one more instance of folks who do not know how to lead us trying to divide us," he continued. "And this is the opposite of the Christian faith. Jesus centered the marginalized. He centered the poor. And in a moment like this, we need voices, particularly voices of faith, who would use our faith not as a weapon to beat other people down but as a bridge to bring all of us together.”

Watch the video of Warnock's remarks below.

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