Donald Trump Plans to Ban Transgender People From the Military
President Donald Trump doesn’t want transgender people serving in the military.
The 71-year-old politician announced his plans to ban all transgender people from the U.S. military early Wednesday, tweeting that enlisting them will allegedly burden the government with “tremendous medical costs.”
“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,” he wrote on Twitter.
The ban will overturn a June 30, 2016 Pentagon ruling allowed transgender members of the military to serve openly and receive medical care.
Since the news, celebrities took to social media to express their shock and disgust over Trump’s new policy.
“Are you TRYING to be an asshole?” Andy Cohen tweeted.
George Takei wrote to the POTUS, “History shall record that you are not only the stupidest, most incompetent president ever, but also the cruelest and pettiest.”
See more reactions — below:
Are you TRYING to be an asshole? https://t.co/QW9axAScmO
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 26, 2017
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 26, 2017
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) July 26, 2017
I grew up in a military w/ LGBT people serving in the shadows. We can't let DT turn back the clock on our brave, trans soldiers. #RISEUP
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) July 26, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump you may be the president in name, but you shame that office & the USA in your treatment of our service men & women today.
— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) July 26, 2017
Well, at least Trump isn't announcing major policy change on twitter. Oh, wait… pic.twitter.com/48SV7QQ8aL
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 26, 2017
As trans women and men We have never asked for anything other than to live our life as our authentic self this hate has to stop!
— candis cayne (@candiscayne) July 26, 2017
"BREAKING: Trump: Transgender people will not be allowed to serve `in any capacity' in the US military." ODIOUS OGRE.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) July 26, 2017
no. My God. This must be challenged. https://t.co/H9DBE4cmK7
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 26, 2017