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Thompson: The nonsense behind Trump’s military transgender ban announcement

I don’t know about you, but I sure am glad the “generals” and “military experts” President Trump was referring to last week, when he announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, have their priorities in order.

I don’t think we should really be as concerned with the fact that a maniac in North Korea threatens on practically a daily basis to destroy us, obliterating our allies in east Asia along the way.

And it probably shouldn’t be of concern that ISIS and similar organizations, operating under a sick perversion of Islam, seek to destroy the West.

Of course, those statements are dripping with sarcasm, but apparently what really burdens the military are several thousand transgender people serving their country proudly. So much so that Trump took to Twitter the morning of July 26 to announce the ban.

Yes, Twitter. Trump’s favorite social media platform to get on every morning, once he rises from his slumber, and launch personal insults, stroke his fragile ego and spew general nonsense.

In this case, Trump wrote, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

No, thank you, Mr. President, man of five draft deferments yourself, for relieving the burden of those who proudly volunteer their service to our country.

His announcement on Twitter apparently caught White House and defensive officials completely off guard and there was no established plan for how to carry out the ban, much like when he first announced a ban on people from six countries in the Middle East traveling to America.

Some kind of businessman, huh?

The notion that transgender people are a financial burden on our military is preposterous — or, as Trump might say, fake news. A study commissioned by the Pentagon and published by the Rand Corporation last year notes that out of the approximately 1.3 million active-duty U.S. military members, between 2,000-11,000 are transgender.
According to a report from the New York Times (Yes, I know, fake news!), the study also found that allowing transgender people to serve openly would increase healthcare spending from $2.4 million to $8.4 million for transgender members, or no more than [sign in to see URL] percent of the $6.2 billion increase projected overall.

For a little more perspective, the Washington Post (Will you stop it with the fake news already?) cited an analysis by the Military Times that total military spending on erectile dysfunction medication is around $84 million annually, or 10 times more than $8.4 million. Spending on Viagra alone is $41.6 million annually. And just to put a bow on this, $8.4 million is [sign in to see URL] percent of the Defense Department’s annual budget.

A ban would reverse the Obama administration’s decision last year to allow transgender people to serve openly. It would also effectively quell debate in Congress over a $790 billion defense and security spending package that included taxpayer money to pay for gender transition and hormone therapy for transgender people in the military. Trump, of course, couldn’t outright oppose the package because it also included $1.6 billion for a wall along the Mexican border. So, he just goes for the outright ban to guard against losing his wall.

But the real issue here is the president’s absurd claims of financial burdens in an attempt to mask bigotry. It’s an attempt to score cheap political points and appease many social conservatives.

It’s also a direct contradiction of Trump’s vow during his campaign and in his nomination acceptance speech to fight for and protect the LGBTQ community.

It’s impossible to know what really is going on in Trump’s head, if he’s really bigoted or that he’s just using this ban as political maneuvering. But what he has demonstrated is a strong desire to control the news cycle at all times.

A Republican-controlled Congress has failed to achieve one of the chief goals of his presidency — the eradication of Obamacare — in embarrassing fashion.

Trump shuffles staff around like deck chairs.
The cloud of the investigation over whether people in his presidential campaign colluded with Russia and the probe into whether he attempted to obstruct the investigation with his firing of FBI director James Comey continues to loom over the White House.
Attorney General and former Sen. Jeff Sessions, a member of Trump’s campaign and one of his earliest political loyalists, recused himself from the investigation and has been publicly lambasted by Trump for doing the right thing. That has understandably caused unease around Washington, but especially among Sessions’ former Senate colleagues, Republicans and Democrats.

So, it’s definitely conceivable that this latest action is an attempt at appeasement.
In the meantime, the policy allowing transgender people to serve remains in place until the White House officially issues a directive to not allow it. If that does happen, expect lengthy court battles.
But ultimately, to prohibit anyone who is capable of doing so from serving their country is shameful. It’s a disgrace. It’s an embarrassment. And we shouldn’t stand for it.
When will Republicans turned off by Trump’s actions stop shrugging their shoulders and refuse to stand for a president who behaves this way?

When will enough be enough?

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Trump’s transgender military ban isn’t going over very well with Americans
A new poll indicates the president’s effort isn’t sitting well with people across the country.


Far more U.S. citizens think transgender service members should be allowed in the army than do not, according to a new survey.

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He just keeps it up ...

]If this weren't so serious it would be laughable.
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If Trump Still Wants to Implement His Ban on Transgender Soldiers He'll Need to Come Up With $1 Billion to Do It
   
'Implementing President Trump’s Ban Would Cost $960 Million in Pursuit of Savings of $8.4 Million Per Year'


President Donald Trump will need to ask Congress for nearly $1 billion to fund the expulsion and replacement of active duty transgender service members, or squeeze what he claims is an already underfunded military to find the funds.

Businessman Donald Trump has a lousy track record when it comes to employment practices. The real estate magnate and golf course baron often uses the cheapest labor he can find, which includes skirting the law to hire foreign workers on U.S. visas who frequently don't get raises or benefits.

But the U.S. military is not a golf course, and the highly-trained and highly-skilled service members he wants to fire because they are transgender will need to be replaced.

And that will be expensive.

On Thursday President Trump told reporters, "I’m doing the military a great favor" by announcing his transgender ban.

A new report released this week, authored by current and retired professors from the U.S. Navy's Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, puts the cost of Trump's ill-conceived and likely unconstitutional ban at $960 million.

The does not include the legal costs the federal government will incur for fighting all the lawsuits it can expect. Already this week Trump and other senior members of the military have been sued by two LGBT civil rights law firms, GLAD and NCLR.

The Palm Center, which published the report notes it "shows that discharging and replacing the estimated 12,800 transgender service members who are already serving would cost over 100 times more than providing medically necessary health care to the military’s transgender troops."

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“Fully implementing President Trump’s ban would cost $960 million in pursuit of savings of $8.4 million per year,” the report concludes. The $8.4 million figure is the upper-bound estimate calculated by the RAND Corporation for providing health care to transgender troops each year.



The report itself notes "implementing President Trump’s transgender service ban would cost $75,000 per person in order to accrue an annual savings of $656 per person. For the military as a whole, fully implementing President Trump’s ban would cost $960 million in pursuit of saving $8.4 million per year."

The Palm center also adds "the current report did not include administrative costs and lost time for personnel tasked with rounding up transgender personnel and overseeing their separation," and

And these numbers don't include the costs to society of adding 10,000 to 15,000 people to the unemployment rolls.

In short, President Trump doesn't know the first thing about this policy he tweeted one morning two weeks ago, barely hours after likely learning his former campaign chairman's home had just been searched by the FBI under a no-knock warrant.

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From my Facebook feed:
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Admiral Mike Mullen stated that, ‘I led our armed forces under the flawed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and saw firsthand the harm to readiness and morale when we fail to treat all service members according to the same standards. Thousands of transgender Americans are currently serving in uniform and there is no reason to single out these brave men and women and deny them the medical care that they require. The military conducted a thorough research process on this issue and concluded that inclusive policy for transgender troops promotes readiness.’
Admiral Mullen urged civilian leaders ‘to respect the military’s judgment and not to breach the faith of service members who defend our freedoms."

President Trump stated recently;
"The men and women of our military operate as one team, with one shared mission and one shared sense of purpose.

They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together and sacrifice together in absolutely perfect cohesion. That is because all service members are brothers and sisters. They are all part of the same family. It’s called the American family. They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law.

They are bound together by common purpose, mutual trust, and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other. The soldier understands what we as a nation too often forget, that a wound inflicted upon on a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. When one part of America hurts, we all hurt.

And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together. Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another. Love for America requires love for all of its people. When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate. "

Bearing those words in mind...

The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in coming days on how to implement a new administration ban on transgender people in the military, issuing a policy that will allow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to consider a service member’s ability to deploy in deciding whether to kick them out of the military.

The White House memo also directs the Pentagon to deny admittance to transgender individuals and to stop spending on medical treatment regimens for those currently serving, according to U.S. officials familiar with the document.

The 2½-page memo gives Mr. Mattis six months to prepare to fully implement the new ban, according to these officials.

"All part of the same family... " Yeah, right.
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Rachel Maddow said last night, "Is that a lawsuit I hear coming down the corridor?" She held her hand to her ear. 'Yes, that's a lawsuit."
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Lawsuit has already been filed.
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And the ACLU enters the fray ...

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"... The 39-page complaint, filed by the ACLU’s Maryland Chapter on behalf of six military service members in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, is embedded with Trump’s tweets and claims the ban not only violates the Fifth Amendment but is invalid on its face.

"The Trump administration has provided no evidence that this announcement was based on any analysis of the actual cost and disruption allegedly caused by allowing men and women who are transgender to serve openly,” the group wrote.

“News reports indicate the Secretary of Defense and other military officials were surprised by President Trump’s announcement, and that his actual motivations were purely political, reflecting a desire to accommodate legislators and advisers who bear animus and moral disproval toward men and women who are transgender, with a goal of gaining votes for a spending bill that included money to build a border wall with Mexico.”"

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Long live the ACLU! (I'm a card-carrying member.)

Was it Reagan's attorney general Meese that called the ACLU "the criminals' lobby," or was it W.'s vice president Cheney?
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