Apr 2, 2024 - Politics & Policy

White House punches back at Republicans on ginned-up Easter outrage

President Joe Biden greets young guests during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 01, 2024

President Biden during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 1. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The White House is hitting back against the false claims from Republicans that the Biden administration banned religious designs from its Easter egg art contest, which fueled a firestorm of conservative outrage.

Why it matters: White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates called out House Speaker Mike Johnson and asked if he would "retract his tweet" that included a link to an article from the Daily Caller that was retracted on Tuesday.

  • "The ban of religious symbolism on eggs as part of the White House Easter egg activities has been longstanding, dating back decades, and the Biden administration did not make any modifications to this rule," the Daily Caller wrote in its retraction.

Driving the news: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre highlighted the Daily Caller for "having the integrity to retract their story about the false claims that circulated this week about the Easter Egg Roll."

  • "We hope others learn from their good example," she said during Tuesday's press conference.

State of play: Republicans slammed the White House over the misleading claim that it banned religious symbols on Easter eggs.

  • GOP lawmakers also criticized the Biden administration for recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday. Transgender Day of Visibility is always held on March 31, which happened to coincide with Easter Sunday this year.
  • Bates said in a statement over the weekend that it was "unsurprising politicians are seeking to divide and weaken our country with cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric."

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