BREAKING: Trump Announces Transgender People No Longer Allowed to Serve in the Military
“This morning on Twitter” has become a commonplace theme these past six months since President Trump was inaugurated and today was no different.
This morning, on Twitter, Trump announced that, after speaking with top military commanders, the US Government would no longer accept transgendered people in any military capacity. This is a reversal of an Obama policy from June of 2016, which first allowed transgendered people to openly serve in the military.
This reversal of policy has garnered much criticism from conservatives and progressives alike. On Twitter, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) tweeted that he supported transgendered Utahans and Americans who wish to fight in the military. Notable conservative transgender YouTuber Blaire White stated, “Taxpayers should not pay for sex changes. However, any soldier who has proven their readiness for combat should be allowed to fight. Period.”
On the left, GLAAD president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, released the following statement: “Today further exposed President Trump's overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation. Trump has never been a friend to LGBTQ Americans, and this action couldn't make that any more clear.” Former Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) Tweeted “every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full stop.”
Whistle blower Chelsea Manning, a trans woman pardoned by President Obama just before his term expired, Tweeted the following: “so, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people 😩 but funds the F-35? 😑 sounds like cowardice 😎💕🌈 #WeGotThis”
Not all of the comments were criticisms, however. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, a notable conservative Political group, praised the president's decision by announcing “our troops shouldn't have to endure hours of transgender ‘sensitivity’ classes and politically correct distractions.”
Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) commended the president’s decision, reversing Obama’s “costly and damaging policy.” The Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, has not commented on the policy as of yet. However, Secretary Mattis did support an order from the president six months ago to put a stay on allowing transgendered people to serve while all of the options are evaluated.