Transphobia In The White House …

On Wednesday morning, the ‘man’ who just a year ago swore he would protect LGBT rights, tweeted the following:

“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. 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.”

Let that sink in for a minute.  This is in direct contrast to the tweet he made on 14 June 2016, where he wrote, “Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”

Thousands of troops currently serving in the military are transgender, and some estimates place the number as high as 11,000 in the reserves and active duty military, according to a Rand Corp. study commissioned by the Defense Department.

As a reasonably intelligent, thinking person, I ask the question … how the Sam Heck does having transgender people in the military disrupt and burden the military???  Here are some of the excuses I found in my search for an answer to my question:

  • Military leaders are uncomfortable with transgender service. They fear that transgender service risks upsetting morale, especially in aggressive combat infantry units.
  • It could require new rules for restrooms, showers and other day-to-day functions.
  • Physical fitness requirements differ between males and females, and the military is not sure how to handle this one.
  • No refrigeration for medication during deployments.
  • There is a fear that if transgender personnel be allowed to serve openly, morale will be detrimentally affected.

Nothing more than a bunch of excuses.  The answer to my question, just as I expected, is really nothing more than bigotry … homophobia … transphobia. To further deflate the argument is the fact that 19 countries DO allow transgender people in the military, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

According to my research, it appears that another major reason for transphobia both within the military and society as a whole is that many unenlightened people still, in the 21st century, consider that being transgender is a mental illness. I think this is the sort of thinking that takes us back to the Dark Ages.  And the broader question is … who’s next?  Will Trump decide that women will not be allowed to serve?  What about African-Americans?  Hispanics?  Or will he exclude Jews next?

What I found equally mind-numbing was a response by controversial former Breitbart employee, Milo Yiannopoulos:

“You don’t help mentally ill trans people by sticking them on the front lines. You help them with therapy and drugs — though not, I have to stress, transition surgery. I only wish he’d gone further and banned women from combat units too, since the evidence clearly shows their presence is disastrous for both morale and performance. Baby steps?”

Trump’s transphobic statement was not popular with most, including those on Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon.  The Pentagon press office was unaware that this decision was coming and referred questions about it to the White House.

“The tweet was the first we heard about it,” a defense official told the Wall Street Journal.

And while most in Congress deftly sidestepped the issue, a few spoke out:

“The President’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter. The statement was unclear. The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today. Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military—regardless of their gender identity.” – Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“You ought to treat everybody fairly and give everybody a chance to serve.” –  Senator Richard C. Shelby Republican from Alabama

“I don’t think we should be discriminating against anyone.” – Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican from Utah

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was obviously at a loss, having only one stock answer for the multitude of questions about specifics and implementation posed by reporters:

“,,, something that the Department of Defense and the White House will have to work together on as implementation takes place. This is a military decision, It’s not meant to be anything more than that.”

And when the questions continued, she threatened to end the press briefing, saying “If those are the only questions we have, I’m going to call it a day, but if we have questions on other topics, I’ll be happy to take them.”

Meanwhile, civil rights groups such as Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are prepared to take legal action when and if the transgender ban becomes policy.  Josh Block, an attorney for the ACLU’s LGBT Project, believes it would violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause and the Administrative Procedure Act. The APA protects individuals from “arbitrary or capricious” actions.

Once again, as was the case with his original travel ban, Trump has leapt without looking and his foolhardy actions have simply added another level to the chaos that defines the Trump administration.  Stay tuned, for I am certain to be back later with still more of this ulcer-inducing drama …

911 operator: What is the nature of your emergency?

Me:  I need to report a theft.

911 operator: What, exactly, was stolen, ma’am?

Me:  My sanity.  The thief goes by the name of Donald Trump and I can give you his address.  I want him arrested immediately.

Me:  Hello?  Hello …

41 thoughts on “Transphobia In The White House …

  1. Thank goodness the military leadership is not about to turn on their own service members (referred to as Blue-Falconing…or the more crude version from which this expression derives: Buddy F-ing) on the whims of hateful madman with access to Twitter.

    Ulcer-inducing indeed. I never suffered from heartburn and GERD before 2016; now I’m on medication for acid reflux.

    I too need to make a report to 911. I was given a serious medical condition in a malicious and pre-meditated fashion by Donald Trump. Maybe I can make a case for conspiracy, as I know his gang was also involved in this assault.

    — Cheers

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    • Ahhhh … I learned a new expression from you tonight! I think you and I are not alone in suffering a variety of ailments from trumpism. I even wonder if perhaps the suicide rate is increased? I shall have to look into that tomorrow … or rather, later today. I know of many who are suffering sleepless nights and loss of appetite. Gronda refers to it as trump-itis …
      I think we may have a nice class-action suit! 😀

      Cheers to you … stay strong and try to relax! I find that long walks and music help.

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    • I cannot blame you a bit for that, my friend. I wish I could go to a desert isle with no phone, no tv, no internet … just me, the waves, a little hut, and lots of books. But, sigh … I am not wealthy and anyway, somebody’s got to be a thorn in this fool’s side … might as well be me. 😀 Hugs!!!

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    • I think his staff have confiscated his phone a few times, but he always finds it again within a day or so. He probably has a whole stash of them, for he is quite filthy rich, y’know! (“filthy” being the keyword here)

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  2. Milo Yiannopoulos:……mmmm I wouldn’t have anyone in the army of mixed Irish-geek-British descent; I mean how can you trust someone whose got no true affiliation to the USA anyway; he’s probably mixed up with the IRA, one of those Mediterranean smuggling cartels, and they’ll deal with anyone, including IS, just so long as they get paid. No sir, there’s bad blood there, and that’s before you get to the British part because they are all shifty as hell!
    I’d have them all thrown out of the US; let’s have true-red blooded Americans, sons and daughters of the soil!
    What’s sauce for the goose……

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  3. Dear Jill,

    He is making new policy by tweet without even informing the Department of Defense and /or any military officials. This was a major policy decision made on the basis of political expediency, not facts or after some due deliberation with those in the know. He decided he wanted to to change the subject of what cable news has been covering and he decided to throw some red meat to his evangelical supporters.
    This is so wrong on so many levels. “We the people” need to be protected from the tweeter-in-chief.

    Huigs, Gronda

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    • You are quite right … I do think he was hoping to distract us for a day or two from the Russian investigation, his disastrous boy scout speech, his rally in Onio, and who knows what else. And it didn’t hurt that his decision was likely applauded by the radical right “Christians”. But I was pleased to see that nobody at the DOD or the Pentagon, or even Congress were too happy about this. And he obviously lied about having consulted with his generals, for Mattis was caught completely offguard. As you say, it is wrong on so many levels. We the People need to speak long and loud to make sure our elected representatives get the message that we want this buffoon OUT!
      Hugs … many hugs!!!

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  4. I really think we have entered a new phase of DT rollout.
    We are witnessing history that should make us want to run and hide in the hills.
    This is ‘gloves off’ knuckle white hatred rolling out across the land. Will we see him wearing white robes and a hood soon? I am so sad to see society spiral backwards into what is a bloody great ‘sinkhole.’

    Jill, your ‘rabbit hole’ is going to get swallowed up in a great cascade soon. I doubt even you, the media or anyone will be able to keep up with his ‘Magician’s Apprentice’ Dance!

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    • Believe me …. I ALREADY want to run and hide in the hills! The Alps, perhaps! And I ALREADY cannot keep up with the chaos and constant barrage. Gronda is far better at it than I …
      Round and round it goes, where it ends no one knows … and yes, I am likely to get buried alive in my rabbit hole, but at least I will have tried to fight against injustices in my own small way. It’s all I can do … all anybody can do, really. Sigh.

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  5. The worst part of this is that Trump doesn’t have any strong feelings about it or just about all of the groups and individuals he targets. He simply seeks out what he thinks will be a vulnerable target, as does any juvenile bully, and attacks for no other reason than to distract from his own frailties and weaknesses. It is easy to imagine him tweeting about transgendered warriors, then eagerly refreshing his device, just to see if it got him the attention he requires.

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    • I think he is trying to pretend he is a good manager of the nation’s purse , it’s a common fault of politicians , what they do is necessary what others do is a waste of money. Interestingly such reasoning comes right to the level of household budgets ‘ I saw that woman next door buying clothes when they have a big family to feed. Being a big man of power Donald likes to spend on weapons and he has the old fashioned idea that only men are fit to fight. He forgets that transgender have had to fight their way to get equality and for that reason alone they make good warriors.

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    • To a large extent you are right. The other possibility is that he is pandering to the radical right “Christians” who think anybody different must be evil. I am beyond understanding what goes on in his mind, or what passes for a mind. But you are right that he craves attention and cannot stand to be criticized, yet he does things, like this one and the boy scout speech, that are sure to draw mass criticism. Make any sense to you? Me neither.

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  6. Jill, this is a horrible decision that tells Americans that targeted inequality is permissible. Since you will likely get more comments on the decision, let me focus on the routine incompetence of the decision whether folks agree or not with the focus. The President jumped the gun before anyone – the DOD (Dept of Defense) and White House were ready to talk about what all these means for current transgender members of the military, not to to mention prospective members or members who may be thinking of transgender issues. Like with the first travel ban rollout which was horribly botched, the DOD and White House have been caught with their pants down. You could see the wear and tear on the face of Huckabee-Sanders as she tried to answer very legitimate press questions knowing this was yet another poorly planned rollout regardless of the veracity of the decision.

    Governance by tweet reveals the impulsive nature of a man who is known for lack of due diligence on his business dealings. Chaos and incompetence are the two bedrocks of this President’s administration and that is even without considering the lying and cheating.

    Keith

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    • I agree. It was as if he woke up in the morning and the first thought that popped into his head, he tweeted. Mattis was caught offguard, as was the Pentagon, and none were too happy about it, including members of Congress. One simply does not announce a policy in this manner, without any consultation whatsoever! Despots do this, not presidents! And what next? He wakes up one morning and decides he doesn’t like African-Americans? This whole thing is absurd and I’m still hoping to wake up one morning and find it was all a bad … really bad … dream.

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    • Many many thanks for sharing this!!! It is hard to believe that he can wake up in the morning, and with a few thumb-strokes make a policy that undermines thousands and thousands of citizens. We are supposed to be a democracy, not a despotic regime! I am so incensed over this … among other things, of course … but this opens the door for so much abuse against people for no reason … 😥

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      • Most welcome!! I was incensed yesterday morning … but beyond that I was deeply hurt, emotional & tearful! Yes, with an twisted, bulky thumb he started a process that could erase my community.
        He started a while back with trans kids! Then went on to serving soldiers? 😳
        The attack on the LGBTQ has been underway … this won’t be the end of this attack.
        There’s no bottom to how low he can go! 😡

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  8. This man has an itchy tweet finger. Perhaps this is his idea of seeming religious to please his stick-like-glue, right-leaning followers who think to be different means to sin, He’ll throw anyone under the bus to strengthen his hold on his faithful. New laws will have to be made to control him. We’re really learning what it is to fight for our Constitutional rights, especially the 1st for Freedom of Speech. The first people to come to the U.S. were escaping people like him. —- Suzanne

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    • Yes, I’m fairly sure his staff would love to take his tweet-machine away from him … or perhaps cut off his thumbs! And yes, new laws will have to be made, and quickly, to curtail his power since he seems determined to abuse that power.
      It is ironic indeed, that this nation was founded on religious freedom and freedom from despots, yet today we are being ostracized if we do not share the beliefs of the religious right, and we have a wannabe despot calling the shots. Sigh. Something must give soon … right? Right?

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    • I think they have tried, and once or twice succeeded, but only for a day or so. I’m sure he drives his advisors up a wall with his early morning tweets! 🙂 And yes, Tweeting Idiot is quite apropos. 🙂

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  9. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts…………This seems to be yet another blatant lie since the Pentagon seemed unaware of it. No doubt this is one decided with friends from the alt-right and/or other bigots. The man’s a Tweeting Idiot.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx I’m so glad you can’t hear the sighs of exasperation. It sounds like a force 10 gale these days.

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    • Quite so! Today the news is that Mattis, Secretary of Defense, was caught completely offguard and had no prior knowledge of this. Others have strongly criticized the tweets, including those in the Pentagon and Congress. As I told Rob, give the man another shovel and let him dig his grave a bit deeper!

      Gale force sighs, eh? See, I told you I sometimes make you scowl!!! 😀

      xxx Cwtch Mawr, dear friend xxx

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    • A million thanks, dear friend! I am pleased to see today that the DOD and Pentagon, even Mattis, are none too happy about Trump’s tweets, and come to find out he did not actually consult with his generals as he claimed. Give the man another shovel so he can dig his grave a little deeper! 🙂

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