President Donald Trump praised the second lady, Karen Pence, for teaching art at a school that bans LGBTQ people.
Last month, Pence announced that she would return to teaching at the Immanuel Christian School in Virginia, a school that requires faculty to sign a statement that includes a passage about “moral purity,” which it defines as avoiding “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” and “transgender identity.”
The school also requires parents to sign a document that says they will agree to refrain from “participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity.”
At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Trump thanked Pence for her return to Immanuel Christian.
“Our incredible second lady Karen Pence and by the way, by the way, I’ve gotten to know Karen so well,” he said.
“She is a Marine Corps mom, a tremendous woman, a proud supporter of military families and she just recently went back to teaching art classes at a Christian school. Thank you. Thank you, Karen,” he added.
— GLAAD (@glaad) February 7, 2019
GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, tweeted: “It’s disturbing that @SecondLady and @realDonaldTrump would put their stamp of approval on an institution that actively targets LGBTQ students.”
Later in the speech, Trump told the audience of global religious leaders that America’s greatest accomplishments include the “abolition of civil rights.”
“Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides, from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights, to extending the vote for women, have been led by people of faith and started in prayer,” he said in an apparent gaffe.