I have some questions for those who claim to be gay and Republican.
Do you support Donald Trump’s decision today to ban transgender people from serving in the military? Did you support his earlier decision to rescind protections put in place by President Obama prohibiting schools from discriminating against transgender students?
Do you still think Donald Trump is a friend of the LGBTQ community, someone worthy of your support and your vote?
If you do, you’re pathetic.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted today. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
It’s a lie, of course. The Pentagon spends more, ten times as much, on erectile dysfunction meds than it does on transgender services. But telling the truth has never been Donald Trump’s strong suit. In addition to avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War because he had bone spurs, the man is a chronic liar.
One immediate question is why Trump made the announcement today? It’s hard to say for sure, but one commentator suggests that this has something to do with Trump’s efforts to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.
Just as Donald Trump is experiencing an unexpected backlash from his conservative base of supporters for his withering attacks on his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, comes his tweetstorm in which he says he will mercilessly ban transgender people – who’ve been serving openly in the military since President Obama lifted the ban on open service last year – from serving any longer.
You can read the full analysis here and there definitely seems to be some truth to it.
Still another interesting take sees the decision as part of a last-ditch attempt to save a House proposal full of Trump’s campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat.
Read more about that here.
Whatever the reason or reasons, the decision is being widely condemned. The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest medical society, said “there is no medically valid reason” for the ban. “Transgender individuals are serving their country with honor, and they should be allowed to continue doing so.”
John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, opposed the decision and took issue with how it was announced. “The president’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter.”
And the ranking Democrat on the Committee, Jack Reed, noted that Trump made his decision public on the anniversary of Harry Truman’s order desegregating the United States military.
“President Trump is choosing to retreat in the march toward equality,” Senator Reed said.
“This was a divisive political move that exposes the president’s lack of faith in the professionalism of our armed forces,” Reed added, calling on Trump to review the facts and reverse his decision. “In the land of the free and the home of the brave, every American who is brave enough to serve their country should be free to do so.”
Meanwhile, at the White House, the sock puppet otherwise known as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, threatened to end the daily press briefing because she was unable to answer reporters’ questions about how Trump came to the decision, why he announced it over Twitter, whether the Defense Department was involved or whether Trump was failing to live up to his campaign pledge to defend LGBT Americans.
Or perhaps more important still, whether the decision was politically motivated. Of course, we already know the answer to that, don’t we?
The decision comes one day after the Republican-dominated state Senate in Texas passed a bill that would force transgender Texans to use bathrooms of the gender on their birth certificates rather than the one they identify with.
But apparently our gay Republican friends continue to live in their fantasy world, one where everything is going just swimmingly for the LGBTQ community under the GOP!
To put it simply, transgender Americans have served and are continuing to serve courageously in our military. “I came from a long line of people who have served in this country,” said Machinist Mate First Class Monica Helms. “To have someone say to me, I’m not worthy to be allowed to serve, simply because I’m different, is a horrible and bigoted way of looking at things.”