In a stunning blow to trans rights, Donald Trump announced plans to ban transgendered personnel from serving in the US military. His reasoning is pathetic and pandering. In a series of tweets, the deeply unpopular president stated:
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.
This is absurd. Even if all transgender soldiers – who could number as high as 6,630 – pursued gender reassignment therapy to the fullest, the overall cost would be a fraction of the Pentagon’s budget. Especially considering the enormously wasteful spending already lavished on the military (as well as the fact that it currently spends five times more on viagra than the projected cost of transgender-related healthcare services), this argument is hollow.
Allegedly, the US Joint Chiefs were blindsided by Trump’s hateful declaration. They have even stated that until they receive an official decree, the military will continue to “treat all of our personnel with respect.”
Chelsea Manning – the famed whistle-blower and trans activist – had her own response to Trump on Twitter.
so, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people 😩 but funds the F-35? 😑 sounds like cowardice 😎💕🌈 #WeGotThis
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) July 26, 2017
She’s right. Trump is acting cowardly as he pursues his craven strategies to shore up support wherever he can find it.