‘Any Patriot That Wants to Serve and Meets All the Requirements Should Be Able to Serve in Our Military’
President Trump’s newly-confirmed Secretary of the Navy opposes his ban on transgender service members.Â Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer Thursday night said while he will follow any command given by the Commander-in-Chief “any patriot” should be allowed to serve in the nation’s armed forces, The Hill reports.
â€œWe will process and take direction of a policy that is developed by the secretary [with] direction from the president and march out smartly,â€ Secretary Spencer told reporters afterÂ a visit to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.Â
But he also respectfully expressed an opposing opinion on transgenderÂ soldiers.
“On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military.”
Spencer is not the only senior U.S. military official to oppose Trump’s total ban on transgender service members, which has yet to be implemented after theÂ President tweeted it out of the blue two weeks ago.
Last week the Coast Guard commandant,Â Admiral Paul Zukunft, expressed strong support for transgender service members.
“I will not turn my back,” he recently told one transgender service member. “We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.”
New polling released last week finds the vast majority, nearly seven out of 10 Americans (68%) support transgender people serving in the military.
The White House reportedly has approved “guidance policy” to implement the ban, but there apparently has been no movement on the document.
On Thursday, perhaps aware of the extreme backlash his ban has received, Trump pushed back.
Speaking of transgender people, Trump told reporters,Â “I have great respect for the community.”
“I think Iâ€™ve had great support, or Iâ€™ve had great support from that community. I got a lot of votes,” TrumpÂ falselyÂ claimed. Only 14 percent of the LGBT community voted for him, far less than other GOP candidates.
Wrongly claiming “itâ€™s been a very complicated issue for the military, itâ€™s been a very confusing issue for the military,” the president added, “I think Iâ€™m doing the military a great favor” by announcing the ban. That’s actually false.
There’s still timeÂ â€“ join the more than 1000 people who have signed our petition:Â Tell President Trump You Support Our Transgender Service Members and Oppose His New Ban
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Watch: Merrick Garland Calls Trump’s Bluff, Strikes Back at MAGA World’s False Claims in Mar-a-Lago Raid
Attorney General Merrick Garland in an exceptionally rare public statement told the American people Thursday afternoon that he personally approved the search warrant used to enter Mar-a-Lago and confiscate the 10 to 12 cartons of federal government property, which reportedly included classified documents. He also called Donald Trump’s bluff, announcing he has asked a federal court to unseal the search warrant, which will allow the public to know what laws DOJ believes he has violated.
Noting that Donald Trump made public the raid on Mar-a-Lago and the Dept. of Justice did not, Garland cited “the substantial public interest in this matter,” in announcing his move to have the documents unsealed.
“The department did not make any public statements on the day of the search,” Garland stated. “The former president publicly confirmed the search that evening, as is his right. Copies of both the warrant and the FBI property receipt were provided on the day of the search to the former president’s counsel, who was on site during the search.”
That statement refutes the false claims made by many on the right that FBI agents refused to hand over the search warrant or inventory list.
“The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause, the property receipt is a document that federal law requires law enforcement agents to leave with the property owner,” he added, making clear that a federal judge did agree there was probably cause to execute a search.
“Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly, without fear or favor, under my watch that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing. All Americans are entitled to the even handed application of the law, to due process of the law and to the presumption of innocence.”
“I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland announced, which was largely assumed.
Merrick Garland: “First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter. Second, the department does not take such a decision lightly.” pic.twitter.com/q6h0BbNBrY
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 11, 2022
Garland also responded to the growing chorus of far right wing extremists, pundits, and even and GOP lawmakers who are attacking DOJ.
“Let me address recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors. I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants every day. They protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their safety, while safeguarding our civil rights. They do so at great personal sacrifice and risk to themselves. I am honored to work alongside them. This is all I can say right now.”
Watch Live: Attorney General Merrick Garland to Make a Statement This Afternoon
Attorney General Merrick Garland will deliver a statement Thursday afternoon at 2;30 PM ET, the Dept. of Justice has announced.
The subject of his address was not included. A gunman threatened and attacked an FBI Field Office in Ohio earlier Thursday, and the far right and Republicans have been outraged over the execution of a search warrant by the FBI Monday at Mar-a-Lago, which resulted in the confiscation of classified materials and federal government property.
Watch live below.
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Nearly Half the Country Supports FBI Mar-a-Lago Search – Only Republicans Are Opposed, New Poll Shows
Americans on the right are so outraged the FBI, having probable cause and a federal judge’s signature on a legal and valid search warrant, showed up at Mar-a-Lago Monday to confiscate what we now know were between ten and 12 cartons of federal government property, including classified documents.
Trump supporters upon hearing the news almost immediately began calling for civil war, with right wing media including Fox News and other far right outlets reinforcing those attacks.
But a brand new poll just released finds that, as with most issues, Republicans stand alone in their opposition and outrage.
“Just about half of registered voters approve of the FBI search of Trump’s Florida compound,” reveals Politico’s Morning Consult polling, published Thursday afternoon.
Specifically, 49 percent of registered voters support the raid. 37 percent, slightly more than one-third, oppose it, and 13% don’t know.
But the political breakdown reveals what many would expect.
84% of Democrats support the FBI’s execution of the search warrant on the former president’s home.
47% of independents also support the raid, with just 33% opposed.
But a whopping 72% of Republicans are opposed to the FBI’s actions, and just 15% are in support.
The Morning Consult poll also finds that a “majority of voters believe Trump either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ broke the law while he was president.”
That includes 90% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 24% of Republicans.
We’ve got an exclusive snap poll with Morning Consult that was conducted on Wednesday with some early reaction to the FBI’s search of DONALD TRUMP’s Mar-a-Lago compound. See the findings in today’s Playbook PM: https://t.co/WG3q4dEL7X pic.twitter.com/HS57ErPw9q
— POLITICO Playbook (@playbookdc) August 11, 2022
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