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‘A Domestic Threat’: GOP Congresswoman Compares Transgender Service Members to ISIS (Audio)

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Falsely Claims Trans Soldiers Will Cost Military $1.35 Billion

Just days before the 4th of July, U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) compared American armed forces service members who are transgender to ISIS, North Korea, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The four-term GOP representative on Thursday also called them a “domestic threat,” and grossly overstated the possible medical costs trans soldiers require.

“At a time when we should be focusing on the threats from North Korea, and Putin, and ISIS,” Hartzler told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, “we’re having to deal with a threat here at home — a domestic threat — of allowing transgenders [sic] in our service, which is a real problem because it impacts their readiness, and it’s a huge cost for our military,” Hartzler continued, as ThinkProgress’ Zack Ford reported.

Perkins told Hartzler on his radio show “Washington Watch” that allowing lesbian, gay, and bisexual soldiers to serve openly is “social experimentation” that had “created a deficit” in the military’s budget, which is false.

Rep. Hartzler, who once gave a speech comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy, incest, marrying children, and even to a three-year old driving a car, also decried the training service members might receive in working with transgender service members. When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was rescinded all military members underwent similar training. Reports show only two soldiers quit as a result.

Service members undergoing the training will be sitting around learning how “their rights are going to be threatened,” she cried. 

Hartzler, who has drafted a bill to ban all trans service members from serving in the military, also falsely claims the medical costs for transgender service members would be $1.35 billion over 10 years. “That figure is 16 times more than the highest estimates provided by the RAND Corporation,” Ford notes.

Estimates vary, but there are up to about 10,000 transgender people honorably serving in the U.S. military. A policy accommodating new trans service members was scheduled to go into effect July 1, but at the last minute, Secretary of Defense James Mattis postponed the change for another six months.

“We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality,” Mattis wrote announcing the delay, and adding, “this action in no way presupposes the outcome of the review.”

A 2016 L.A. Times report exposes Hartlzer’s cost claims as false.

“Out of an estimated 1.3 million active service members, there are as many as 6,630 transgender men and women who will be affected by the decision, according to a study by RAND Corp., the Santa Monica-based think tank,” the Times reported.

“Only a small portion of service members would likely seek gender transition-related medical treatments that would affect their deployability or healthcare costs,” said Agnes Gereben Schaefer, lead author of the study and a senior political scientist at RAND.

The study, commissioned by the Pentagon, estimates that between 30 and 140 new hormone treatments a year could be initiated by transgender service members. In addition, there may be 25 to 130 gender transition-related surgeries utilized a year among active service members.

As a result, U.S. military healthcare costs are expected to increase between $2.4 million and $8.4 million — or a 0.13% increase.

$2.4 million to $8.4 million.

Hartler likes to toss around numbers, but the facts prove they’re false.

Here’s Hartzler talking with hate group head Tony Perkins:

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First Capitol Riot Hearing ‘Is Going to Be a Disastrous Day for Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter

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The first Capitol riot select committee hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, and Politico reporter Rachel Bade predicted it would create major headaches for GOP leader Kevin McCarthy.

Specifically, Bade pointed to the fact McCarthy pulled all of his nominees out of the committee, which means that he will have no one to challenge the narrative that gets established.

“Tomorrow is going to be a disastrous day for McCarthy on both ends of the spectrum,” she said. “You are going to have men and women in uniform testifying about the violence they witnessed on January 6th. McCarthy is still sticking with Trump. That… is going to be tough for the party and tough for him. He decided to withdraw all his members from this committee, so he is not going to have anybody to push back on anything that is being said.”

Additionally, Bade said that the four far-right lawmakers who are planning to hold a press conference highlighting the alleged mistreatment of jailed Capitol rioters are also likely to create a public relations nightmare for McCarthy.

“These people were rioters. [They’re] calling them [political] prisoners now?” she said. “It’s going to be impossible for McCarthy.”

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4 Top Trump-Supporting House Republicans ‘Demanding Answers’ on ‘Treatment’ of January 6 ‘Prisoners’

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The U.S. Dept.  of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the “treatment” of the January 6 “prisoners,” suggesting they are “political prisoners,” which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, “demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners” from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

“This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee’s first hearing,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram.”

“The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr,” Solender says in a Forbes article.

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‘Groveling Before White Supremacists’: GOP Senate Candidate Slammed for ‘Going Fully Anti-Semitic’

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A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to “monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States.” Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

He retweeted this post from disclose.tv and called the ADL “a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives.”

Some slammed Vance’s tweet as antisemitic:

Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about “extremist and hate movements.”

 

 

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