For the second time, President Donald Trump has moved to limit transgender people from serving in the military.
As noted by U.S. Rep. Dave Bratt, R-Va., during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” who was responding to a question of whether Trump was throwing this out as a concession to his base after signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill, people are tired of the U.S. Military being used as a laboratory for social engineering.
Citing “substantial medical treatment,” the president announced on Friday that he is officially authorizing the Pentagon to disqualify “transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria,” with limited exceptions, Fox News reported.
“Among other things, the policies set forth by the Secretary of Defense state that transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria — individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery — are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances,” the White House said in a memo, according to Fox News.
Looking beyond the excessive medical cost taxpayers must bear, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist in chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, who believes changing sexes is “biologically impossible,” says that being transgender is actually a “mental disorder.”
Former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry: Being transgender is a ‘mental disorder . . . biologically impossible’ https://t.co/obtbWTk2wh
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 9, 2017
One thing few dispute is the higher suicide rate among transgender individuals.
According to the Daily Signal, “the rate of attempted suicide for those who experience ‘gender dysphoria’ is 41 percent — 10 times the national average. Those who undergo “gender reassignment surgery” are 19 times more likely to commit suicide.”
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo to the president in February there are “substantial risks” associated with allowing individual with gender dysphoria to serve, noting that allowing them to be exempt from the same standards other service members are held to, to include mental health standards, “could undermine readiness [and] disrupt unit cohesion,” Fox News reported.
Trump announced on Twitter in July that he was reversing a 2016 policy instituted by former President Barack Obama, saying the U.S. “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity” in the military — he referenced the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” that transgender service members entail.
But legal challenges led to the ban being blocked and in January the Pentagon began allowing transgender recruits to seek enlistment.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department released a statement on Friday’s announcement, saying the Defense Department has a “lawful authority” to establish personnel policies.
“After comprehensive study and analysis, the Secretary of Defense concluded that new policies should be adopted regarding individuals with gender dysphoria that are consistent with military effectiveness and lethality, budgetary constraints, and applicable law,” the statement said, according to Fox News. “The Department of Justice will continue to defend DOD’s lawful authority to create and implement personnel policies they have determined are necessary to best defend our nation.
“Consistent with this new policy, we are asking the courts to lift all related preliminary injunctions in order to ensure the safety and security of the American people and the best fighting force in the world.”
Naturally, Democrats are up in arms, seizing on the chance to accuse Republicans of discrimination.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., led the charge.
“This latest memorandum is the same cowardly, disgusting ban the President announced last summer. No one with the strength and bravery to serve in the U.S. military should be turned away because of who they are,” Pelosi said in a release.
No one with the strength & bravery to serve in the U.S. military should be turned away because of who they are. This hateful ban is purpose-built to humiliate our brave transgender members of the military who serve with honor & dignity. #ProtectTransTroops
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 24, 2018
The reaction from the left online was collective outrage, resulting in the hashtag #ProtectTransTroops trending, but as Mark Dice noted: “Banning transgenders from the military is the best way to
#ProtectTransTroops from harming the effectiveness of our military, or harming themselves due to their issues.”
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter in support of Trump’s move:
Liberals have a dug in stance about taking away guns from the mentally ill, yet they want to give guns to Transgenders in the Military??? 🤷🏼♂️
I will never understand Liberal Hypocrisy.
Do not #ProtectTransTroops
— CHIZ 🇺🇸 (@CHIZMAGA) March 24, 2018
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