“We stand side by side against the gender ideology.”
President Donald Trump was criticized for allegedly nodding along in agreement while Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro railed against “gender ideology” and political correctness during a joint press conference at the White House Tuesday.
While offering praise to Trump, Bolsonaro noted that the two nations can stand “side by side” on many issues, including religion and gender.
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“May I say that Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties and respect to traditional family lifestyles,” Bolsonaro said. “Respect to God, our Creator, against the gender ideology or the politically correct attitudes, and against fake news,” he continued.
While Bolsonaro made the remarks, Trump was seen at the next podium nodding his head. Whether Trump was actually nodding along in agreement to the Brazilian leader’s comments, which were made in Portuguese, is up for debate.
Many of Trump’s liberal critics were outraged by his gesture. Taking to Twitter to voice her frustration, Media Matters editor Parker Molloy, who is transgender, said that her “existence is not an ideology.”
“Here’s Trump just nodding his head along as Bolsonaro talks about how Brazil and the U.S. are joined ‘side by side’ in a fight against trans people,” Molloy wrote in another tweet.
For those not in the know, “gender ideology” is a term mostly used to describe trans people (sometimes LGB folks, too). It’s dumb and incorrect (my existence is not an ideology). Here’s what @hrw has to say about why that term should set off alarm bells: https://t.co/FEpg3HiedW
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) March 19, 2019
Trump has previously sparked controversy on gender issues, most notably by banning transgender people from serving in the military.
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