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Report: Trump’s Transgender Service Ban is About His Fantasy Border Wall

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Why did Trump unilaterally announce a ban on transgender military service this morning?

There may be more than one reason why and there have been scattered reports that the decision was made because Trump wanted to expand his culture war for purely political reasons, but Trump's fantasy border wall is also a factor according to Politico.

Trump reportedly announced the ban this morning because he's under the impression that House Republicans would not vote for their own goddamn border wall funding measure if it wasn't accompanied by a ban on using Pentagon funds for transgender medical care.

House Republican leadership wasn't interested in adding a transgender health care ban to this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) so members of the Batshit Caucus went directly to Trump with their concerns.

But Trump, being the idiotic nutcase that he is, went much further than the Batshit Caucus was asking for.

The president’s directive, of course, took the House issue a step beyond paying for gender reassignment surgery and other medical treatment. House Republicans were never debating expelling all transgender troops from the military.

"This is like someone told the White House to light a candle on the table and the WH set the whole table on fire,” said one senior House Republican aide. The source said that while GOP leaders asked the White House for help, they weren't expecting β€” and got no heads up on β€” Trump's far-reaching directive.

There's no way you could convince me House Republicans would vote against border wall funding just because it didn't include a ban on transgender health care services.

There are so many other significant reasons why a border wall hasn't been funded yet this issue barely even registers on the list.

Members of the Flying Monkey Caucus may even regret taking this issue directly to Trump because the White House will (and already has) handled it in the worst possible way and shined a light directly on funding bills working their way through Congress.

Forcing the issue could lead to a government shutdown. In fact, that's why it hasn't been funded yet.

  • Badgerite

    Equal treatment under the law is not a “privilege”. It is a right. That is the 14th Amendment and it applies to all people in all circumstances. And in actual fact, the military has done a study which directly contradicts everything that the trump Monster has twittered about this issue. What he is doing is not in the interest of military efficiency anymore than his Muslim ban has anything much to do with national security. It is a sop to the religious right. It is allowing religious right bigots to stigmatize a group of people and nothing else. That is its purpose. That is its motive. And it is purely political.
    And disgusting. Especially so coming from the Deferment King. How can I avoid military service. Let me count the ways.

  • The DOD spends what, 5 times more, on Viagra than it does on transgender medical costs. What an utter load of horsehite.

    • 1933john

      Wonder if it counteracts with the saltpeter in the chow?

      • LOL, that’s a myth. I do know they make their MRA’s so they’re more likely to be constipated–reducing the troops’ poop seems to be higher priority than their boners.

    • Draxiar

      Damn right Irish! Last I knew the men in the armed services weren’t defending the country with their peckers.

      • Apparently some of them think they do…. πŸ˜‰

  • muselet

    β€œI’m glad the president will be changing this costly and damaging policy,” [Rep. Vicky] Hartzler said after the Trump’s announcement. β€œMilitary service is a privilege, not a right. We must ensure all our precious defense dollars are used to strengthen our national defense.”

    “Military service is a privilege.”



    • 1933john

      Wonder what a draftee would have to say about that?
      Or for that matter, what would Draft Dodger in Chief
      Actually, the only military privilege that I recall from
      my “Fuck’in GI ” (now “Warrior Hero”) days is RHIP.
      Remember Troops, “They can piss on you, but you
      don’t have to open your mouth”!

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    • Nefercat

      “We must ensure all our precious defense dollars are used to strengthen our national defense.””
      And all our precious bodily fluids too, I suppose. JFC.