Two for the price of one? President Trump’s military transgender ban may have saved border wall funding

Wednesday was a ‘two for the price of one’ day for conservative supporters of Donald Trump.

Not only did the president end the ridiculous military-funded-transgender-surgery debate in one fell swoop by taking the unexpected yet extraordinary step of banning transgenders from the military altogether, Politico is reporting that his decision might have had something to do with obtaining funding for a much-needed border wall.

According to the report, a spending bill full of campaign promises, including border wall funding, was under threat of becoming derailed because some “defense hawk” Congressional members wanted to ban military-funded sex reassignment operations. When sold-out GOP leadership wouldn’t meet their request, they asked Daddy – er – President Trump, to intervene.

He then proceeded to immediately solve their problem (and one of the military’s) with three simple tweets.

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Politico writes:

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.

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.

Numerous House conservatives and defense hawks this week had threatened to derail their own legislation if it did not include a prohibition on Pentagon funding for gender reassignment surgeries, which they deem a waste of taxpayer money. But GOP leaders were caught in a pinch between those demands and moderate Republicans who felt the proposal was blatantly discriminatory.

But instead of merely banning funding, Trump just went ahead and solved the entire problem. After all, only the deepest delusions of political correctness could lead one to sincerely believe that mentally disturbed individuals who cannot even tell what sex God made them are suited for the demands of military combat.

One senior House Republican aide told Politico, “This is like someone told the White House to light a candle on the table and the WH set the whole table on fire.”

Perhaps, but perhaps the table needed burning.

An administration official said the move would be “seen as common-sense” by millions, saying “It’s not the worst thing in the world to have this fight.”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, whose amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) banning funding for transgender surgeries was defeated earlier this month with the help of 23 liberal Republicans who sided with Democrats, was understandably thrilled.

“I’m glad the president will be changing this costly and damaging policy,” said Hartzler. “Military service is a privilege, not a right. We must ensure all our precious defense dollars are used to strengthen our national defense.”

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After over eight years of PC insanity reigning supreme, it’s refreshing to see a little bit of sanity restored, and hope for border wall funding to boot!

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of BizPac Review.

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