Yesterday, President Archie Bunker—who somehow avoided the draft—seems to have moved beyond his tweet threatening to ban transgender individuals from the U.S. military. It has been reported official White House instructions have been sent to the Department of Defense to remove transgender members from the military, and to the Pentagon to prevent trans persons from serving as well as an order to take away money for medical treatment related to transgender members already in the ranks.
Coincidentally all this week he’s been doing military things, like handing out a Purple Heart at Walter Reed military hospital (where he should check in for a full mental exam in which they’ll ask him who is the current president), reading teleprompters at the American Legion, posing with Border Patrol in Arizona.
Legislators who disagree with this policy are Senator John McCain and Senator Joni Ernst (both veterans and Republicans). The comments of Senator Tammy Duckwork (D-IL)—herself an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, who when shot down in a Black Hawk helicopter lost both legs—cut through the malarkey: “When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot down, I didn’t care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown. All that mattered was they didn’t leave me behind.”
Trump’s load of crap reason for the ban that “tremendous medical costs” are a burden is false. According to the Palm Center, a research and consultation group used by the Pentagon on trans issues, of the “12,800 trans military members…discharging and replacing them would cost 100 times as much as providing them with healthcare.”
This population, therefore, is the draft dodger’s scapegoat, though probably one of many in his scapegoat file folder. Of his infamous tweet that opines “disruption” would be caused by the presence of “transgender in the military,” Senator Duckworth argues from a position of profound experience and decency.
“The ban on transgender service members isn’t just discriminatory, it’s disruptive to our military and counterproductive to our national security,” adding that Congress must pass legislation against the ban if it does take effect.