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December 10, 2022

Weingarten Blasted Over Comments Highlighting Griner's Race, Sexuality

Teacher Union leader Randi Weingarten has been blasted across social media over her reaction to Brittney Griner's prison swap from Russia.

Weingarten celebrated Griner's release over her status as a "gay, black woman" in a politically charged comment.

"What a great relief!!! Extraordinary news, a basketball star, but also a gay, black woman is released. And yes of course we want other prisoners like Paul Whelan released," Weingarten wrote in response to President Biden's announcement that Griner had been freed.

The words outraged many Americans upset over Marine Paul Whelan who remains in Russian custody after four years.

Griner was arrested in Russia just before its invasion of Ukraine in February. She was detained for being in possession of vaping canisters with cannabis.

The WNBA star was later sentenced to nine years in Russian workcamps, leading to much anger among Americans. She was detained for approximately 10 months in total.

While Griner's freedom has been a success, there is also much frustration over the lengthy process that made the U.S. look weak.

In addition, Griner was freed in a prison swap for a Russian criminal known as the "merchant of death." His crimes were much more serious than Griner's act, while also leaving a military veteran in Russia.

Whelan has been able to communicate to reporters from his Russian prison, calling himself a "hostage" and wondering what it will take for the Biden administration to rescue him.

The latest show of weakness and political remarks from leaders like Weingarten seems to point to a concerning response for Whelan as he remains in Russian hands.

Source: Fox News

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