Politics July 27, 2017
We can't believe a woman who allegedly supports LGBTQ rights did THIS.
On Wednesday President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that the United States would no longer allow transgender persons to serve in the U.S. military. He claims the ban is due to “tremendous medical costs” which the military simply can’t shoulder.
It wasn’t long before reporters poked holes in that excuse, pointing out that the military spends five times as much money on Viagra as they do medical costs for transgender service members. And it wasn’t long before a former Navy Seal and transgender woman, Kristin Beck, publicly shamed Trump for his clear bigotry.
But this type of behavior, while not excusable, is expected from Trump. The question is what did his daughter Ivanka Trump, who has claimed to have the President’s ear and promised to fight for LGBTQ rights in the past, have to say about the ban?
She said not one thing.
In fact, according to The Daily Beast, White House sources claimed Ivanka was against the ban, but decided not to push it because her “political capital be spent elsewhere.” How noble and valiant.
In fact her only tweets since the ban were about Foxconn. And her other official account Twitter, Ivanka Trump HQ — which promises to “empower women” (just not transgender women?) — only tweeted about a necklace that can do “double duty.”
— Ivanka Trump HQ (@IvankaTrumpHQ) July 26, 2017
So while thousands of transgender persons currently serving in the U.S. military await their fate, Ivanka is plotting a better use of her time (perhaps she’s trying to rip off more designers or she’s busy looking for a new factory in China to make her shoes).
Luckily, the U.S. military is not as cavalier with people’s lives as Trump is. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated publicly that Trump’s ban will not take effect for now.
“There will be no modifications to the current policy until the president’s direction has been received by the secretary of defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance,” said Dunford, the nation’s top military commander.
“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect.”
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