56 Generals and Admirals Support Transgender Military Service

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A group of 56 retired generals and admirals have signed a letter in opposition to Trump's transgender military service ban, arguing that it would undermine readiness.

When Trump first announced the ban I opined that it would be an even worse version of Don't Ask Don't Tell and these former leaders apparently agree.

You can read their full letter here:

This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy. As a result, the proposed ban would degrade readiness even more than the failed ‘don't ask, don't tell’ policy. Patriotic transgender Americans who are serving—and who want to serve—must not be dismissed, deprived of medically necessary health care, or forced to compromise their integrity or hide their identity.

When Trump announced his ban, he said he consulted "my generals"...

...but there don't appear to be any actual generals who support Trump's decision. These retired generals and admirals don't and the Joint Chiefs of Staff have made it clear that they will not change their policy just because Trump tweeted it.

  • I’m pretty sure that once he sent his Tweet, Trump thought the job was done. He won’t notice that it wasn’t because in his mind, he’s already purged all the Transgender folk from the military. Just like all the rest of his imaginary accomplishments.

  • muselet

    By the end of the week, word will leak out that Donald Trump has ordered his lawyers to find a way to punish those 56 retired generals and admirals.


  • Badgerite

    The operative words here are “mission-critical talent” (as in, deprive the military of “mission-critical talent) and that the ban would “degrade readiness” (as in, the proposed ban would degrade military readiness). So the reason for the ban, then, is not military necessity or national security for the ban would have the opposite effect. Therefore, the reason is animus.
    And laws based on animus are forbidden by the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.
    Oh. And trump lied. Shocker.

  • Username1016

    He’s got a host of imaginary friends. Just as well, because his real-life friends, fans, and supporters are dwindling fast.

  • Aynwrong


    • Victor the Crab

      And Generals Steve Miller, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Cory Lewandowski, Jesse Watters, Steve Doocey, Brian Kilmeade, Louie Gohmert, Steve King…