That’s Not How Anything Works

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Why did Trump ban transgender service members from serving in the military?

Because drugs are bad, Trump says.

Trump participated in an interview with Good Morning Britain this morning where he was asked why he banned transgender service members and his response was baffling to anyone who understands anything about anything.

Because they take massive amounts of drugs, they have to,” Trump said. “You’re not allowed to take drugs, you’re in the military you’re not allowed to take any drugs. And they have to after the operation, they have to, they have no choice, they have to. You would actually have to break rules and regulations in order to have that.”

The military doesn’t prohibit service members from taking prescription medicines, including drugs prescribed for conditions such as depression and anxiety. The Navy, in fact, changed its policy late last year to allow pilots and other aircrew on such drugs to continue flying.

I'm sure it won't surprise anyone that Trump has absolutely no idea how the military or hormone replacement therapy works.

The military more or less runs on drugs and hormones prescribed to transgender service members are not even "drugs" in the way that most people think of drugs. Hormones are naturally occurring chemicals that our bodies either create or suppress depending on our dominant gender.

We've all come to expect that Trump will say the dumbest thing possible, but the regime's formal legal justification for banning transgender military service is just as flimsy as this.

Trump regime lawyers continue to argue that banning transgender military service is necessary to preserve military readiness, but the supposed harm to military readiness posed by transgender service members has never been substantiated.

  • Draxiar

    Well then by that logic, as Commander in Chief (*facepalm*) he should stop fuel injecting himself with Adderall.

  • Badgerite

    Military readiness? Military readiness to do what. Sit in tents and string concertina wire down at the Mexican border?
    Parade for Der Twitler on the 4th of July?
    Of course you can take medications in the military. Especially if they prescribe those medications for you. Which they do.
    You can go on to the clinic anytime you need to. They even have hospitals on bases and all. Go figure.

  • muselet

    The surest sign that Donald Trump knows nothing about a topic is the specificity of his arguments. Here, he explained very carefully why transgender service members shouldn’t serve, even adopting a condescending, “I can’t believe you don’t already know this” tone.

    Of course, it’s a load of old codswallop, but Trump either genuinely believes it or he’s a better actor (or liar) than I ever gave him credit for.

    This is just one more thing Trump is ignorant about, and which will hurt innocent people.


    • Draxiar

      “Codswallop”…you win for that word alone, sir.

      • muselet

        Sometimes, no other word will do.

        Back in 1978, when “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” first aired on BBC Radio 4, the Radio Times published a letter from a disgruntled listener who described the show as “the most fatuous, inane, childish, pointless, codswalloping drivel.” Has a kind of poetry to it, doesn’t it?


        • Draxiar

          Yes…yes he does!