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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Uses Debunked DADT Claims of ‘Military Readiness and Cohesion’ to Justify Trump Trans Military Ban

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Up for Debate: Press Secretary Says Trump ‘Has a Lot of Support for All Americans and Certainly Wants to Protect All Americans at All Times’ 

In an attempt to justify President Donald Trump’s decision to ban all current and future transgender service members in the military White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered up a different story than Trump had earlier. 

Huckabee Sanders told reporters at a press briefing Wednesday afternoon that President Trump decided to ban trans service members to support “military readiness and cohesion.”

But President Trump did not say a word about “military readiness and cohesion” when he effectively fired all transgender service members.

Here’s what he did say:

“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.”

Trump’s was supposedly “tremendous medical costs,” and “disruption,” and he suggested that he is unaware there are actively serving transgender members. Whatever “disruption” there is the military is more than prepared to handle. 

So, to be clear, once again the White House is taking Trump’s words and twisting them into something that might sound better, but is not a true reflection of what he actually said or meant.

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But “military readiness and cohesion” are the exact words anti-gay hate groups used when pushing fabricated studies and talking points in opposition to the move to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” DADT repeal passed in 2010, and was effective the following year. Studies show allowing gay men, lesbians, and bisexual people to serve openly caused literally a handful – single digits – of members of the armed forces to resign.

“The decision is based on a military decision,” Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “It is not meant to be anything more than that.”

She also told reporters there is not set time frame for “implementation” to take place, and the Dept. of Defense and the White House will be working together to determine next steps, but DoD will take the lead on the issue.

And she claimed that President Trump “has a lot of support for all Americans and certainly wants to protect all Americans at all times,” which is false, given this decision to ban 10,000 to 15,000 active duty military members.

Huckabee Sanders made the claim in response to a question about Trump having promised to protect LGBT people during the campaign.

She called having trans members serve “very expensive,” which is absolutely a lie. The Pentagon spends five to ten times more on erectile disfunction and Viagra than it would on transgender-related health care. 

Huckabee Sanders claimed President Trump made this decision on Tuesday and “immediately” informed the Secretary of Defense. That’s doubtful, since the DoD clearly was unprepared to take questions on the issue from reporters.  

CBS News’ Major Garrett blasted Huckabee Sanders for not being able to answer the “basic question” of what will happen to trans soldiers since it is a policy of great “magnitude.” She said Trump didn’t feel the need to hold the decision after it was made, say, to help the process go smoothly or soften the blow to thousands.

Either Huckabee Sanders is lying about Trump making the decision Tuesday or she is lying about Trump having “a lot of support for all Americans,” since no one would ever announce they are firing 15,000 soldiers without warning, in a tweet.

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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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