Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ban on Transgender People in the Military: The Truth Comes Out

"After consultation with" his "generals", eh?
Trump’s sudden decision was, in part, a last-ditch attempt to save a House proposal full of his campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat, numerous congressional and White House sources said.


House Republicans were planning to pass a spending bill stacked with [Trump's] campaign promises, including money to build his border wall with Mexico.

But an internal House Republican fight over transgender troops was threatening to blow up the bill. And House GOP insiders feared they might not have the votes to pass the legislation because defense hawks wanted a ban on Pentagon-funded sex reassignment operations — something GOP leaders wouldn’t give them.


House lawmakers took the matter to the Trump administration. And when Defense Secretary James Mattis refused to immediately upend the policy, they went straight to the White House. Trump — never one for political correctness — was all too happy to oblige.


In the flash of a tweet, he announced that transgender troops would be banned altogether.


The announcement, multiple sources said, did not sit well with Mattis, who appeared to be trying to avoid the matter in recent weeks.

Combine that with this:

How much more cynical and political can you get?

Just be sure to throw the least popular, least powerful people under the bus, and who cares?
The president had always planned to scale back President Barack Obama-era policies welcoming such individuals in combat and greenlighting the military to pay for their medical treatment plans. But a behind-the-scenes GOP brawl threatening to tank a Pentagon funding increase and wall construction hastened Trump’s decision.


While Democrats and centrist Republicans are already blasting the move, one White House official said the decision would be "seen as common-sense" by millions.
Millions who don't have the mental capacity to think it through logically.
The transgender fight first surfaced in the House a few weeks ago. With the backing of almost the entire GOP conference, [Missouri Representative Vicky] Hartzler offered an amendment to a defense authorization bill that would ban funding for gender reassignment surgeries and treatments for transgender active-duty personnel.
Bible thumper, no doubt. And then Trump went her one better.
“It’s not so much the transgender surgery issue as much as we continue to let the defense bill be the mule for all of these social experiments that the left wants to try to hoist on government,” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), a conservative supporter of the Hartzler proposal, said last week.
I think the word you're looking for is "foist", Rep. Franks (R-Jerk).

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


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