Donald Trump has (once again) been criticised, this time for tweets announcing that transgender people will be banned from the U.S. military.
“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,” he wrote. “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. Thank you.”
Slate has described the ban as “stunningly cruel and unjustified”, with CNN calling it “an affront to the military”. Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern also explained that, despite Trump’s claim that the army would be “burdened with tremendous medical costs”, the “cost of transgender service is known to be quite low, and the integration of transgender troops in foreign militaries has had no effect on unit cohesion, morale, or force readiness.”
The comments, which many have described as transphobic, have also been widely criticised by LGBTQ activists, politicians and veterans, as well as just regular people angry at the move.
transgender people show more courage when they leave their fucking houses in the morning than donald trump has shown his entire life— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) July 26, 2017
Sorry I was led to believe that trans people were so skilled in combat that I should fear being alone in a bathroom with them— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) July 26, 2017
To all the trans folks currently serving in the military thank you for your service. I am sorry your "commander in chief" doesn't value it.— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 26, 2017
Transgender Ban Is Travesty‼️THESE BRAVE MEN & WOMEN RISK THEIR LIVES 2KEEP🇺🇸SAFE.trump’s A COWARD WHO KNOWS NOTHING OF SERVICE OR HEROISM— Cher (@cher) July 27, 2017
Eleven personal trips this year by Trump to Mar-A-Lago: $29 million— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 27, 2017
Medical services for transgender people in the military: $8.4 million
Every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full stop.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 26, 2017
And other nations have also condemned Trump for his comments.
Trump’s daughter, Ivanaka, has also come under fire.
Back in June, Ivanka tweeted that she was “proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy” – but has remained silent on her father’s statement.
Ivanka might be the least influential Presidential advisor in history— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 26, 2017
And American civil liberties group ACLU have pledged to support transgender troops.
Military rules and regulations allow trans people to serve their country. Even the commander-in-chief cannot change those via Twitter.— ACLU National (@ACLU) July 26, 2017