White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre took exception to a question from a reporter on Tuesday in regards to men presenting a danger for women in athletics.
The reporter asked about the Biden Administration’s proposed changes to Title IX and whether the White House worries about the physical safety of females directly competing against males in sports.
Jean-Pierre called it a “complicated issue.” She added the Department of Education’s proposed rule allows schools the “flexibility” to establish their own athletic policies while ensuring guardrails prevent discrimination against kids who identify as the opposite gender of their biological sex.
Jean-Pierre was asked what Biden would say to parents worried their daughter might have to compete against a boy and hold concern regarding their daughter’s safety.
“So, look, I — what you’re alluding to is basically saying that transgender kids are dangerous,” Jean-Pierre said. “It sounds like that’s what you’re saying.”
Jean-Pierre engaged in a back-and-forth with the reporter, saying that suggesting males present a danger to females in athletics is “dangerous.”
Jean-Pierre said she had to “call out” the suggestion that boys present a danger to girls in athletics.
“That is, that is irresponsible,” she said. “I have just laid out how complicated this issue is. I have just laid out why it’s complicated. And so, anything that you have — any additional questions, I refer to the Department of Education.”