President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce he was reversing the military’s transgender policy:
This announcement was news to the US Joint Chiefs who were reportedly blindsided by this Twitter announcement as they were never consulted about this matter. The current policy is to allow openly transgender service members to serve in the US military. From the Department of Defense website:
Effective immediately, transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.
For me, the most powerful word in that sentence is the word serve. Donald Trump never served in the military, In fact, after graduating college in 1968 where he played tennis, football, squash, and golf, he received a 1-Y medical deferment. It meant he was exempt from military service. The reason? Bone spurs in his heels. While thousands of his peers were trudging off to the jungles of Vietnam. Donald J. Trump and his rooster feet stayed out of the military. Before the draft was abolished in 1973, Donald Trump received five medical deferments, precluding him from ever getting drafted.
How someone like this, a coward who refused to serve in the military when his country needed him, can now try to stop other Americans from serving not because of anything they’ve done, but because of who they are, is really quite perverse. It’s un-American and it’s the opposite of patriotism.
Good patriotic Americans don’t get in the way of other good patriotic Americans from serving their country.
I doubt this ban will ever go into effect. That’s probably why it was announced on Twitter. It will get blocked in the courts as being unconstitutional, which it most definitely is. I think it was announced on Twitter to placate much of his base, the transphobic Christian evangelicals who helped elect him president.