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1 dead, 4 injured after gunman opens fire in Nashville coffee shop on Easter Sunday

A gunman opened fire at a Nashville coffee shop, leaving at least one person dead and four others injured, during Easter brunch, Nashville police said.

“Detectives are working to determine the motive for this gunman opening fire during Sunday brunch at Roasted on Garfield St.,” the Metro Nashville Police Department posted on X, formerly Twitter. Police released images of the suspected shooter and his car.

Police said the shooting happened around 3 p.m. when a man opened fire inside the coffee shop, striking five people and killing one man.

Shortly after arriving at the scene, police released surveillance photos of the alleged gunman. 

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“There was an altercation between two men at Roasted. Sunday brunch was being served. During that time period, the altercation occurred and escalated, very sharply, to one of the men pulling a gun and firing multiple shots,” said Don Aaron of the Metro police at a press conference.

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Police said they believe the person with whom the gunman was having an issue was the one who was fatally shot. 

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“A total of eight persons were transported from the scene,” Aaron continued. He said five people were shot, one of whom died. Another person suffered a scratch and a pregnant woman went to the hospital for treatment due to a panic attack.

Police added that this was not a shoot-out, and they have no indication that the people fighting knew each other.

Authorities believe the gunman left the scene in a Mercedes GLS 450, based on surveillance footage.

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This coffee shop has not had significant issues in the past, according to authorities. Police added that this shooting is an isolated incident.

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The police department’s homicide team is leading the investigation.

Police said they are almost certain they have identified the suspected gunman but are not ready to release their name.

Anyone with information that can help police is urged to call 615-862-8600.

Fox News’ Samantha Daigle contributed to this report.

Illegal migrants accused in ‘border riot’ reportedly released by judge on Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, an El Paso judge ordered the release of illegal migrants accused of involvement in a “border riot” when a stampede overwhelmed National Guard troops along the Rio Grande earlier this month, the El Paso Times reported.

Court officials also stated that undocumented migrants will stay jailed if there is a federal immigration hold blocking their release, the El Paso Times reported.

Judge Humberto Acosta made his ruling on Sunday, March 31, during an online teleconference bond hearing where he accused the El Paso District Attorney’s Office of not being ready to proceed with detention hearings for each defendant, according to the outlet.

“It is the ruling of the court that all the rioting participation cases will be released on their own recognizance,” Acosta ordered.

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Another hearing for more defendants is expected on Monday.

The riot happened on Thursday, March 21, when a group of over 300 migrants attempted to enter the U.S. illegally by rushing a border fence in an area of the southern border in El Paso, Texas.

Video footage published by the New York Post, shows dozens of adult males ripping away razor wire that had been set up by the state and charging past Texas National Guard members. They then ran toward a section of border wall, where they were blocked from entering further. 

It is unknown how many illegal migrants were booked on a charge of “riot participation,” but the El Paso Times reported that Acosta mentioned “hundreds of arrestees” were entitled to individual detention hearings within 48 hours.

It was also unclear if the judge’s ruling applied only to the “riot participation” charge and not to assault and criminal mischief charges related to the border stampede. 

“So if the DA’s office is telling me that they are not ready to go, what we’re going to do is we’re going to release all these individuals on their own recognizance,” Acosta said at the hearing.

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Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News Digital previously that agents were going through video to see who assaulted the guardsman. They will be processed for deportation, but maintain the ability to claim asylum. Texas also has the ability to charge the migrants who assaulted them.

Texas has said it still has the authority to stop those coming across illegally by using trespass laws. Gov. Abbott’s spokesman, Andrew Mahaleris, told Fox News Digital previously, “The surge today (Thursday, March 21) in El Paso is the direct result of the unsustainable chaos President Biden has unleashed on the border. The Texas Military Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety quickly gained control of the situation and are working to repair the damage. These illegal immigrants committed crimes in Texas, and the Department of Public Safety is under instruction to arrest every illegal immigrant involved for committing criminal trespass and destruction of property.”

The Supreme Court briefly allowed Texas’ anti-illegal immigration law, which allows police to arrest illegal immigrants, to go into effect despite a legal challenge from the Biden administration. The law was kicked back down to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which then blocked it again hours later as arguments proceeded on the merits.

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The Biden administration has claimed that the law interferes with federal responsibility over immigration enforcement. 

“Number one, we are facing such dangerous situations. And number two, Joe Biden, through his actions, is violating the laws of the United States of America,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott following the stampede. 

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Later on Easter Sunday morning, the El Paso Times reported that two other migrants, including a Colombian man, had separate hearings on criminal mischief charges for allegedly cutting border fencing. They were each jailed on a $2,000 bond.

Fox News’ Bill Melugin, Adam Shaw, and Michael Lee contributed to this report. 

NC State shocks Duke to reach Final Four as Cinderella run continues

The team representing the state of North Carolina in the Final Four of the men’s NCAA Tournament is not the Tar Heels or the Blue Devils

It’s the NC State Wolfpack

The No. 11-seeded NC State squad’s Cinderella journey continues, as they upset No. 4 Duke on Sunday night, 76-64, to move on to the Final Four in Arizona.

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The Wolfpack will take on the No. 1-seeded Purdue Boilermakers for a spot in the national championship game. 

This is the first time NC State has reached the Final Four since 1983 when they won the national championship under legendary coach Jim Valvano. 

NC State’s victory came in the second half, where they outscored Duke, 55-37, after being down 27-21 at halftime. 

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DJ Burns Jr., the Wolfpack’s big man in the paint, was smiling from ear to ear in the second half as he had his way with the Blue Devils. Burns led NC State with 29 points on a highly-efficient 13-for-19 with four rebounds and three assists. 

Guard DJ Horne was also getting the job done in the second half, using his speed to blow past the Blue Devils’ defense, scoring 20 points on 7-of-16 from the field. 

While the Wolfpack couldn’t miss in the second half, the Blue Devils started going cold. 

The game was tied at 38 apiece with Burns hitting a jumper with 12:22 left in the second half. But once Horne knocked down a jumper of his own to take the lead with 11:49 left, NC State didn’t let the lead slip away. 

NC State went on a 15-4 run, which led to a 53-42 lead with 6:56 left to play. The Wolfpack faithful in Dallas were raucous, recognizing that their team was in full control of the game. 

Duke couldn’t buy a bucket as the half continued to tick down on the scoreboard, with leading scorer Jared McCain, who had 32 points, Jeremy Roach and Kyle Filipowski not being able to score like they had earlier in the tournament. It also didn’t help that Filipowski fouled out with less than five minutes to play. 

McCain and Roach were able to make some layups down the stretch, but Duke’s full-court press never worked, as NC State got those points right back with easy buckets. 

On the stat sheet, Duke shot just 32.2% from the field and 25% from three-point territory, while NC State was 46.7% from the field. 

Filipowski fouled out with just 11 points, as he shot 3-of-12 including 0-of-3 from beyond the arc. Roach had 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting, while Tyrese Proctor went 0-of-9 which included five missed threes.  

NC State has a tough task ahead with Purdue, especially big man Zach Edey who dropped 40 points against Tennessee earlier on Sunday to book their Final Four ticket. But the Wolfpack continues to shock their opponents, starting with No. 6 Texas Tech and most recently No. 2 Marquette in the Sweet 16. 

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No. 1 UConn and No. 4 Alabama are the other Final Four matchup, both of which will be played at State Farm Stadium on April 6. 

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NBA star offers theory for why Biden is pushing transgender holiday on Easter Sunday

President Biden marked March 31 as Transgender Day of Visibility and drew criticism for doing so during Easter Sunday.

Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac joined in on ripping the president, saying on X, formerly Twitter, the White House “know[s] exactly what they are doing.”

“They want you to hate! This helps no one and only promotes division,” he wrote. “They know exactly what they are doing.. we should be angry but shouldn’t lose the spirit of what tomorrow means! Don’t lose focus. Because He is risen there is hope for all.”

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Isaac joined the likes of former President Trump, entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, and other political commentators to criticize Biden. Trump’s national press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, called it “appalling and insulting.”

“We call on Joe Biden’s failing campaign and the White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe (Sunday) is for one celebration only — the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” she said.

“The Biden White House has betrayed the central tenet of Easter — which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” House Speaker Mike Johnson posted on X. “Banning sacred truth and tradition—while at the same time proclaiming Easter Sunday as ‘Transgender Day’—is outrageous and abhorrent. The American people are taking note.”

While March 31 has been designated to honor the transgender movement since Biden took office, this year it falls on Easter Sunday, one of the most important days for Christians celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Isaac added context to his post later on, saying it is “important” that Biden continues to recognize the trans community on the same date, which “releases the administration from the allegation on intentionality.”

“Instead of deleting the tweet like it never happened this is my good faith retraction lol,” Isaac added on X. 

“The message is the same. Keep focused on what Resurrection Sunday Is all about. Christ defeating sin and death for all people who would believe.”

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“On Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives,” a statement released by the White House said. 

“Today, we send a message to all transgender Americans: You are loved. You are heard. You are understood. You belong. You are America, and my entire Administration and I have your back,” it continued. “Now, therefore, I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2024, as Transgender Day of Visibility.”

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Isaac has been critical of vaccine mandates, and his jersey sales skyrocketed after he stood during the national anthem while his teammates knelt in 2020.

Fox News’ Sarah Rumpf-Whitten and Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.

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FLASHBACK: Disney-DeSantis settlement humiliates media’s past pro-Disney headlines

The mainstream media’s open support for Disney in its fight against Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., took on a whole new look after a settlement was reached that appeared to end in DeSantis’ favor.  

After ongoing legal battles, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, a board appointed by DeSantis, voted to approve a settlement deal with Disney on Wednesday. The settlement addressed the two-year litigation battle over who rightfully controls the formally titled Reedy Creek Improvement District that encompasses the Walt Disney World Resort.

The settlement officially invalidated Disney’s previous attempts to retain governing control over the district and ended all pending litigation in Florida state court.

Since DeSantis’ plan to dissolve Disney’s self-governing status was announced in 2022, many media outlets quickly took sides with the House of Mouse and predicted that DeSantis would be crushed.

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In 2022, several people at MSNBC called DeSantis’ move “authoritarian” and mocked the governor for attempting to go after the billion-dollar company.

“Later in the program, the governor of Florida’s growing authoritarian rule there and its retaliatory move against one of the biggest corporations in America — all for Disney’s crime of speaking out against discrimination and hatred,” MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said.

Wallace spoke with frequent MSNBC guest Jason Johnson, who quipped that there were “so many Disney songs” he wanted to sing “in preparation” for the interview with Wallace. “Let It Go” and “We Don’t Talk about DeSantis” were two of the Disney reprises that Johnson had in mind.

NBC News chief political analyst Chuck Todd and MSNBC host and former 2020 Biden campaign aide Symone Sanders-Townsend also weighed in on the controversy, with Todd beginning a panel discussion by asserting that Republicans had “better be careful going after Disney.”

“Oh, my money’s on the Disney lobbyists, honey. My money is on the Disney lobbyists,” Sanders said.

ABC’s “The View,” which is owned by Disney, also criticized the Florida governor and suggested that there was no way DeSantis could beat the company.

“So, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is punishing our parent company, Disney, for speaking out against his so-called Don’t Say Gay law. He revoked Disney’s special status that could cost Florida taxpayers $2 billion. This goes against the GOP’s brand of being business-friendly,” co-host Joy Behar said. “Now, can he win this culture war? Because he’s taking on the mouse, and the mouse is bigger than Ron DeSantis.”

On a “Morning Joe” segment in 2023, co-host Joe Scarborough said “you can’t beat Disney” with MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch in agreement.

“You’ve also talked in the past, and I’ve agreed with this, that DeSantis, once the stage starts to get bigger, is going to start to wilt a little bit. You can just see he’s got no answers. He’s got no punches. He’s fighting a fight he can’t win, and this, to me, is a precursor of him on a bigger national stage. And he’s just stupid. It’s a stupid, stupid play,” Desutsch said.

During a “CBS Mornings” segment in 2023, co-host Gayle King praised Disney after it canceled an office complex project in Florida, suggesting that DeSantis’ move was a factor.

“OK, drop the microphone, [Disney CEO] Bob Iger. He seems to be saying, ‘You want to play hardball, Gov. DeSantis? Let’s go,'” King said.

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Throughout 2023, headlines said DeSantis was being outmaneuvered by Disney and would eventually lose his case.

“How Disney just beat Ron DeSantis,” a Vox headline read. A Salon piece was titled “’Out-negotiated by Mickey Mouse’: DeSantis’ board reveals Disney quietly stripped them of power.” Newsweek reported, “Ron DeSantis suffers huge blow in his battle with Disney.”

“Disney is proving to be the foe that will not die,” Vox wrote.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, DeSantis communications director Bryan Griffin said, “As you know, hours before CFTOD took authority, Disney entered into a last-minute Development Agreement with the former Reedy Creek board to grant itself additional powers and perpetual property rights.”

“The media was quick to celebrate this action as an indisputable win. … And, as usual, the media were wrong,” he added.

The dispute between the two began after Disney’s criticism of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which has been derided by critics as the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, prompted the DeSantis administration to revoke the special Disney-controlled tax district that gave the entertainment company autonomy over its theme parks in the region.

Following the settlement, however, both Disney and the DeSantis team spoke optimistically about the future.

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“We are pleased to put an end to all litigation pending in state court in Florida between Disney and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District,” Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle told FOX Business in a statement.

“This agreement opens a new chapter of constructive engagement with the new leadership of the district and serves the interests of all parties by enabling significant continued investment and the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and economic opportunity in the State,” Vahle added.

Griffin told Fox News Digital in the statement, “We are glad that Disney has dropped its lawsuits against the new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District and conceded that their last-minute development agreements are null, void, and unenforceable. No corporation should be its own government. Moving forward, we stand ready to work with Disney and the District to help promote economic growth, family-friendly tourism, and accountable government in Central Florida.”

DeSantis still faces a federal lawsuit from Disney that alleges the governor unfairly retaliated against the company for political reasons. However, a federal judge dismissed the case in January, and Disney has agreed to hold off on an appeal until after a new development agreement with the district.

Fox Business’ Eric Revell and Fox News Digital’s Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.

High-speed Russian car chase in US may be linked to Havana Syndrome, report claims

A high-speed chase in Florida may be linked to the mysterious phenomenon known as “Havana syndrome,” according to a new report.  

U.S. and Canadian embassy staff first reported the condition in Cuba in 2016, and it was later reported by hundreds of American personnel in multiple countries.

A promotional clip of a story from CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” set to air later Sunday, shows bodycam footage of police chasing a car down a highway in Key West in June 2020. The chase goes on for 15 miles, with the driver topping speeds of 110 mph.

Eventually, he’s pulled over and apprehended. Inside the man’s car, officers found bank account notes and a device resembling a walkie-talkie that can erase a car’s computer data, including its GPS history. 

Officers also found a Russian passport. The suspect gives his name as “Vitalii” and says he is from St. Petersburg. 

When asked why he fled from police officers, he repeatedly says, “I don’t know.” 

The report comes weeks after the release of a nearly five-year study from the National Institutes of Health, which found no explanation for the mysterious health problems – including headaches, balance problems and difficulties with thinking and sleep – that have been reported by U.S. diplomats and other government employees. The NIH conducted an array of advanced tests but found no brain injuries or degeneration.

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The NIH did appear to contradict some earlier findings that raised the specter of brain injuries in people experiencing what the State Department now calls “anomalous health incidents.”

Sophisticated MRI scans detected no significant differences in brain volume, structure or white matter — signs of injury or degeneration — when Havana syndrome patients were compared to healthy government workers with similar jobs, including some in the same embassy. Nor were there significant differences in cognitive and other tests, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

While that couldn’t rule out some transient injury when symptoms began, researchers said that was good news that they couldn’t spot long-term markers on brain scans that are typical after trauma or stroke.

Sunday’s report is the latest episode in an ongoing saga to unravel a mystery that began when personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba began seeking medical care for hearing loss and ear-ringing after reporting sudden weird noises.

Early on, there was concern that Russia or another country may have used some form of directed energy to attack Americans. But last year, U.S. intelligence agencies said there was no sign a foreign adversary was involved and that most cases appeared to have different causes, from undiagnosed illnesses to environmental factors.

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The NIH study, which began in 2018 and included more than 80 Havana syndrome patients, wasn’t designed to examine the likelihood of some weapon or other trigger for Havana syndrome symptoms. Chan said the findings don’t contradict the intelligence agencies’ conclusions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Supermodel, new boyfriend seen together after denying cheating rumors with ex

Gisele Bündchen and her boyfriend, jiu-jitsui instructor Joaquim Valente, were spotted out together for the first time since the supermodel confirmed her new romance while simultaneously dispelling rumors about the inception of their relationship.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Bündchen vehemently denied that she had cheated on ex-husband Tom Brady with Valente. 

“That is a lie,” she told the outlet.

“This is something that happens to a lot of women who get blamed when they have the courage to leave an unhealthy relationship and are labeled as being unfaithful,” Bündchen added.

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“They have to deal with their communities. They have to deal with their family. Of course for me, it just happens to be a little bit amplified,” she told the outlet of women combating the adulterous label. “No one really knows what happens between two people, only the two people in the relationship.” 

She and Valente were spotted outside Bündchen’s new mansion in Surfside, Florida, which is currently undergoing renovations. The couple were spotted discussing plans for the property with a designer before leaving the location in Valente’s truck.

The spotting comes a day after Valente was seen supporting Bündchen at the launch of her new cookbook, “Nourish,” in Miami.

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Although it’s unclear when their relationship began, Bündchen insists that the two started out as friends. 

“This is the first time I am seeing someone that was a friend of mine first,” she told The New York Times, although she did not name Valente directly. “It’s very different. It is very honest, and it’s very transparent.” 

Bündchen and Brady divorced in 2022 after 13 years of marriage. They share two children together; Benjamin, 14 and Vivian, 11. 

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Only a month after her divorce from Brady was finalized, reports and photographs surfaced of Bündchen and Valente together, sparking speculation they were an item. At the time, a source close to the supermodel told Fox News Digital, “None of it’s true.”

“This is the kids’ and Gisele’s longtime martial arts teacher. There’s no truth to any dating rumors,” the source said. Regarding the headlines, the source noted they had reached “a whole new level of disrespect and disregard” for Bündchen.

Valente is one of three sons who own the Valente Brothers business in North Miami Beach. According to the business’ website, he “moved to Miami in 2007 to study criminology at Barry University. He quickly impressed everyone with his unique technique, outstanding teaching skills and remarkable charisma. Joaquim, like his brothers, had Grandmaster Hélio as his main teacher and trained weekly with the Grand Master.”

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Bündchen and Brady continue to co-parent their children together, both having homes in Southern Florida.

Family finds enormous alligator chomping on fish at the beach: ‘That is a brute’

A beachgoer recently captured the moment an alligator chomped away at a fish at a Texas beach.

Hunter Ham told TMX that he spotted the gator at Sea Rim State Park near Sabine Pass, which is not far from the border of Louisiana and Texas. He was driving by a beach with his wife and three children when he noticed the reptile on Mar. 23.

“We were driving out, about 150 yards from where we played on the beach when we saw it,” Ham recounted. “You could tell, this was ‘his beach’ and he was chilling without a care in the world.”

Video shows the alligator standing on the beach while eating a bull redfish. Ham said that he could tell the type of fish from its length, eyes and mouth.

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“That is a brute,” he was heard saying on video. 

While alligators are primarily freshwater reptiles, Ham said that the animal likely walked over from a nearby source of freshwater “to finish his meal and bathe in the sun.”

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“[Texas Parks and Wildlife] explained that gators will sometimes come into the saltwater, briefly, to rid themselves of parasites,” he explained. “This chill dude had no fears for us. What a beautiful creature, at a distance. What a treat!”

“There have always been gators around the area and the beach, it’s just rare that we got it on film this day. He was just catching some rays and probably going to wash off the parasites. Seemed like a chill gator when given space.”

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The fishing enthusiast added that the beach holds a special meaning to him, as he’s visited it many times before.

“Our beaches are brown and the waves are generally flat, but we’re blessed to live here,” Ham acknowledged. “I learned the mystical art of surfing without waves here.”

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Fox News Digital reached out to Ham for additional comment.

LGBTQ groups claim 3 months, 28 ‘holidays’ as Biden faces backlash over Easter statement

Amid backlash about the White House proclaiming Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday, Fox News Digital found an extensive list of LGBT-focused holidays celebrated throughout the year, including a handful recognized by the White House. 

“On Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives,” said a White House statement recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday, the most holy holiday for Christians. 

“Today, we send a message to all transgender Americans: You are loved. You are heard. You are understood. You belong. You are America, and my entire Administration and I have your back,” it added. 

“Now, therefore, I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2024, as Transgender Day of Visibility.”

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Conservatives and other critics of the White House ripped the decision to recognize Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter, calling it an attack on Christianity. International Transgender Day of Visibility was created by activists more than 10 years ago and is celebrated each year on March 31, while the date of Easter Sunday changes from year to year.

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The Trump campaign called on Biden to apologize for the proclamation.

We call on Joe Biden’s failing campaign and the White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe tomorrow is for one celebration only — the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Karoline Leavitt said.

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Others on social media pointed out that cities, universities, LGBT organizations and government officials celebrate similar calendar events throughout the year. Fox News Digital found at least 28 other related holidays celebrated in the U.S., including International Asexuality Day, International Day of Pink, Day of Silence, Harvey Milk Day, Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness Day and International Drag Day.

There are also entire months devoted to LGBT causes or commemorations, including Pride Month in June, LGBT History Month in October and Transgender Awareness Month in November.

Not every holiday throughout the year is recognized by the White House or high-ranking lawmakers, but holidays are celebrated by advocacy groups in cities such as Seattle or on college campuses.

The Biden White House has celebrated at least seven other holidays celebrating and commemorating LGBT issues, including National Coming Out Day in October; Lesbian Day of Visibility in April; International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May; Pride Month in June; Spirit Day in October; Intersex Awareness Day in October; and Transgender Day of Remembrance in November. 

The Biden administration has celebrated Transgender Day of Visibility each year since 2021 on March 31, and White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said Biden, as a Christian, is working to bring “people together” with the event.

“As a Christian who celebrates Easter with family, President Biden stands for bringing people together and upholding the dignity and freedoms of every American,” Bates said in a comment to Fox News Digital on Sunday. 

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“Sadly, it’s unsurprising politicians are seeking to divide and weaken our country with cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric. President Biden will never abuse his faith for political purposes or for profit.”

Biden, who is Catholic, did post a message Sunday celebrating Easter and Jesus’ resurrection. 

“Jill and I send our warmest wishes to Christians around the world celebrating the power of hope and the promise of Christ’s Resurrection this Easter Sunday,” he posted Sunday morning. 

The Biden administration has a long history of promoting and supporting the LGBT community, including last year when the president hosted the White House’s largest Pride celebration in its history, according to Reuters. Biden has repeatedly vowed to combat discrimination against the gay community and spoke in support of the trans community during his State of the Union address this month. 

The White House has previously come under fire from critics during events heralding the LGBT community, including last year when a transgender model and activist took off her top at a Pride event at the White House and cupped her breasts in photos and for inviting an anti-police nonbinary drag queen to attend the Respect for Marriage Act signing in 2022. 

Republicans have continued hammering the Biden administration online for celebrating the holiday on the same day as Easter. 

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