by Jay Lorenz
In a series of tweets made Wednesday morning, President Trump announced that he is banning transgender people from serving in the military. This overturned an Obama policy from last year which allowed transgender people to serve in the armed services for the first time in American history.
Last month, Secretary of Defense James Mattis extended by six months a one year deadline which his predecessor, Ashton Carter, put in place to determine whether the military would pay for transgender medical treatment. The House then held a vote two weeks ago on the Department of Defense budget which included an amendment that banned the use of taxpayer money to fund the “transition” of military members with gender dysphoria. The bill was voted down when 24 House Republicans joined every Democrat in voting against the measure, striking it down by a 209 to 214 tally.
As Mattis and Congress sat on their hands, Trump took action and solved the transgender question altogether. On Twitter, he stated, “[P]lease 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.” Where most Republicans were hoping for a simple provision against the funding of treatment, Trump put a definitive end to the question by banning trans people altogether.
On Thursday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs reportedly told top officers that no change had been made to the policy. These reports are likely to make many believe that the policy will not be enacted at all. However, this simply means that Trump’s tweets do not directly become policy. In order for changes to be made in military policy, an order must come through the chain of command. If Trump decides to keep the policy, he simply has to instruct Sectetary Mattis to pass it on and so forth. The tweet should be looked at as an announcement of his intention to institute the policy.
After the implementation, LGBT organizations are likely to file lawsuits, meaning that the department of defense will be burdened with litigation on this issue for the foreseeable future. It will be very interesting to see what arguments the administration uses in its defense.
This is a welcome move from the president. It seems like a common sense policy to normal people, but, in the current year, common sense is bold. It is telling that every single Democrat in Congress voted to use taxpayer funds in order to pay for the expensive medical care provided to transgenders. If Clinton were elected, the policy would have become the norm. The left would rather see the military used as a tool for their perverse social agenda than victory on the battlefield and a strong national defense. With the many perversions we face everyday in Weimerica, it is a relief to see our president inch us closer to normalcy.