Donald Trump Attacks Transgender People to Help Build Border Wall

Yesterday, following Trump’s wishes, House Republicans approved $1.6 billion in border wall funding. It’s off to the Senate now, where Democrats have said they will block it.

The ACLU opposes construction of the wall because it furthers Trump’s draconian and discriminatory anti-immigrant agenda and puts the rights of people who live near the border in jeopardy. But a revelation made this move even more callous. Now we know that Trump's short-lived victory was the work of rank discrimination against patriotic transgender service members.

This week, President Trump announced — in all but three tweets — that transgender people will be banned from military service.

Despite Trump’s false claim that his pronouncement was the result of consultation with “my Generals” and concerns over spending, it has become obvious that sound policy had nothing to do with his reckless decision.

A new report from Politico reveals that Trump decided to ban transgender service members as a way to secure funding for his proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Several House members planned to vote against the “minibus” spending bill, which determines the Pentagon’s spending and also includes $1.6 billion for Trump’s border wall, if it did not include an amendment to prohibit funding for transgender health care in the military. In an effort to appease his right flank, Trump — obsessed with the construction of a border wall — decided to not just target transgender health care but rather to issue a broad ban against all transgender people from serving in our Armed Forces.

Trump did not consult with the Joint Chiefs of Staff before making the announcement, according to CNN, and one of “the heads of the military branches was informed by a staffer of the President's tweets on transgender policy and had no idea it was coming.” Trump did, however, consult his “faith advisers.”

Secretary of Defense Mattis, who just three weeks ago proposed giving the Pentagon six more months to study the impact of transgender troops on military readiness, was on vacation at the time Trump made his Twitter pronouncements.

Some military leaders, clueless that Trump was announcing a new policy on transgender service, reportedly worried that he was on the verge of tweeting a call for military strikes on North Korea.

In fact, as of today, there is still no new official policy on transgender service in the military. Even White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders couldn’t offer any details on the status of the thousands of transgender service members.

Trump didn’t only mislead the public when he said that the ban was the result of close consultation with military leaders, but he also pushed the false claim that spending on health services for transgender troops was too burdensome.

While Trump cited the “tremendous medical costs” of transgender health care coverage in his tweet-storm, experts found that such expenses are minimal, and they are far less onerous than what the government spends on the president’s many trips to Mar-a-Lago or what the military spends on Viagra.

Trump’s own staff also undermined the case that the discriminatory ban was intended to improve military readiness. One official bragged that the transgender ban was meant to help their party win key races in the midterm elections.

While the military’s trans-inclusive policy “was crafted through a comprehensive and inclusive process” that involved military leaders, outside experts, medical professionals, and transgender service members, Trump’s discriminatory ban was dictated by tweet, rife with falsehoods, and done without significant consultation with members of the military.

It appears that Trump will do whatever it takes to win financing for his ill-conceived and unwanted border wall, even if it means undercutting the military and denying thousands of patriotic transgender troops their right to serve — something Trump avoided five times during the Vietnam War.

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Anonymous

What is a "faith advisor"?

Anonymous

Politically neutral term for Trump's personal preacher

Anonymous

It's not a term for that, it's a synonym for bigots on parade.

Anonymous

It's a PC term for, "A person with his head up his own ass".

Anonymous

A violation of one of the founding principles of this country... separation of church and state.

Anonymous

Billy Graham or Jimmy Swaggert. You know, your general baptist or Methodist Satan minister.

Steve Carr

The Donald calls up Jerry Falwell Jr on the Hot Line to Liberty University. Says, gee Jerry, I don't understand why everyone hates me when I have such wonderful ideas. Jerry advises, You need to try prayer. The next time in rains in Washington, fly back to the White House, go out into the Rose Garden and raise your face to Heaven: you will receive a revelation. The Donald does so. Next day he calls Falwell and says, I did what you said, the rain ran down my neck and I felt like a damn fool. Falwell replies, Well isn't that quite a revelation for the first try?

Anonymous

It's $1.6 billion of OUR money, not HIS. He doesn't PAY federal taxes, he puts it in tax shelters. My friend is an economist and I sometimes share his computer (bc I can't afford my own) and something came in on his machine - on his Twitter page - from an economic group who wanted Trump to put his money in their tax shelter "to protect it from the evil tax man."
They don't give a tinker's DAMN about him according to my friend. Only in how much money they can make getting him to use their tax shelter. So it's not his money. It's OURS, including MINE, bc I pay federal taxes and never see it again. Or won't with THAT THING in office. He wants to take THAT money too, which he ALSO never paid into. He hasn't paid ANY gd thing. I don't know WHAT the hell's so gd impressive about him. I'd rather die w/ nothing than live as him for 10 seconds

Anonymous

I don't know why they USE that logic (he avoided Vietnam) to imply someone is bad. During the Vietnam War you were bad for GOING to Vietnam, not for avoiding it. When we returned from our tours, people who were dressed like something from out of the Walking Dead would greet us by throwing eggs, tomatoes and other handheld missiles at us, shouting at us to go back to Vietnam bc we weren't wanted here, accusing every last one of us of being a baby killer just bc Lt. Calley & his like were stupid enough to do that at Mylai.
Donald Trump avoids being a human being with no outside pressure whatsoever to "excuse" his behavior, as often is done for reprehensible people if anyone can find even one mitigating life circumstance that will "justify" the commission of a heinous crime and keep them out of jail or get them mental rehabilitation.
You need not go back farther than a few days (maybe even hours) to find something heinous coming out of Donald Trump and it has more impact that he's doing evil even as we speak than what he did 45 or 50 years ago.
The man stands before every branch of the military as a draft-dodging coward. He shouldn't be allowed to be their Commander-in-Chief. But most people who lived through the Vietnam war (and have it in their living memory as opposed to
book recall) probably won't care that Trump's a draft dodger.

from Richard, Vietnam Veteran, 1970-72

Brandon Brummell

Meanwhile, in Fayetteville WV, I was gay proposing to the love of my life!

Entirely unintentional.

Entirely Hilarious. :)

https://www.facebook.com/brandon.brummell.5/posts/10214375957735398

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