‘The Transgender Service Member Ban Is Unconstitutional and Invalid on Its Face’
The ACLU is suing the Trump administration over theÂ President’s decision to ban all transgender service members from the U.S. armed forces. On Thursday the ACLU filed a motion that says the ban is unconstitutional and asks the court to halt it immediately.
The civil rights group is representing six active-duty member of the military who are transgender. They represent over 55 years of service combined.Â
Thursday’s motion says the Trump ban violates their rights to due process, equal protection, and medical care.
â€œMen and women who are transgender should be allowed to serve their country rather than being exposed to this level of uncertainty and harm,â€ Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLUâ€™s LGBT & HIV Project, says today on the organization’s website. â€œWeâ€™re confident that the courts will eventually strike down this unconstitutional ban. So weâ€™re demanding a court order to prevent this shameful policy from ever being implemented.â€
The ACLU also notes the Defense Dept. “concluded in 2016 that there was no basis for the military to exclude transgender individuals from openly serving their country, subject to the same fitness requirements as other service members.Â This review process carefully considered and rejected the notion that medical costs, military readiness, or other factors presented any reason to discriminate against transgender individuals, many of whom had already been serving with honor in silence for years.”
In Thursday’s court filing, the ACLU notes:
The Ban is not rationally related to military effectiveness.
The Ban is not rationally related to an interest in avoiding â€œtremendous costsâ€ to the military.
President Trumpâ€™s Decision to Single Out Transgender Service Members Is Impermissibly Rooted in Animus and Moral Disapproval
And it concludes that Trump’s ban “is unconstitutional and invalid on its face, and the Court should enter a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from implementing or enforcing it.”
â€” ACLU National (@ACLU) September 14, 2017
Trump is also being sued separately byÂ GLAD and NCLR.
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‘It’s Called Obamacare’: Trump Scorched for Bragging He Will Sign Order Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions – Which Is Already Law
President Donald Trump Friday night, desperate to save his flailing re-election campaign with less than 100 days to go, promised to force insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions – a policy that has existed for years as current law under ObamaCare, and with no increase in premiums.
“Over the next two weeks I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers,” Trump said from his Bedminster golf resort. “That’s a big thing. I’ve always been very strongly in favor. We have to cover pre-existing conditions so we will be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all of its customers.”
“This has never been done before,” Trump said, in a massive lie.
In fact, Trump and his administration are not only suing to get rid of the requirement to cover people with pre-existing conditions, they have begged the Supreme court to void all of ObamaCare – the entire Affordable Care Act.
Right on cue, Trump’s top campaign advisors went to work, tweeting out the “news.”
Here’s Boris Epshteyn, Trump 2020 Strategic Advisor for Coalitions, a former Special Assistant to the President:
🚨 HUGE NEWS 🚨 @realDonaldTrump announces Executive Order to ensure that health insurance companies cover pre – existing conditions.
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) August 7, 2020
Here’s Jason Miller, Trump 2020 campaign Senior Advisor, a 2016 campaign communications advisor (who left the team under a cloud just before Trump entered the White House):
Huge news just now – @realDonaldTrump announces upcoming EO to cover pre-existing conditions. Big, big, big news.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) August 7, 2020
And here’s former Trump acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell:
Trump: Insurance companies must cover pre-existing conditions.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 7, 2020
All of them, including the president, were destroyed on social media.
🚨 HUGEST NEWS 🚨@realDonaldTrump announces Executive Order to ensure that women have right to vote.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 8, 2020
The Affordable Care Act took care of that, spiffy. You know, the one he’s trying to kill?
— Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer (@k2cbro) August 8, 2020
HUGE NEWS! Trump is trying to take credit for Obama making sure pre-existing conditions were covered by insurance companies many years ago! HUGE NEWS! His cult members actually believe this bullshit! HUGE NEWS! They’re all huge criminals who work for the Russian mafia!
— God (@thegoodgodabove) August 8, 2020
The Trump Administration is now suing itself to both require and eliminate insurance denials over pre-existing medical conditions. Asked which side he’s actually on, Trump said, “It is what it is.”
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 8, 2020
Are you stupid? They are already covered under the ACA. God I cannot belive how gullible and stupid half this country has become.
— Socially Distanced Democrat (@ProgDemLib) August 8, 2020
🚨 HUGE NEWS 🚨 @realDonaldTrump announces he is going to follow a law that passed 10 years ago.
— YS (@NYinLA2121) August 8, 2020
Sorry, genius, that pumpkin-faced fuckopotamus ain’t getting credit for something Obama made law in 2010.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 8, 2020
Let me get this straight.
Trump is signing an executive order to require insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions via the ACA, a law he’s currently suing to eliminate?
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) August 7, 2020
Folks, don’t underestimate Trumpists propensity for brazen lies. Preexisting conditions were attacked by Trump, now he’s trying to take credit.
And Trump trashed trans protections, but Grenell still claimed Trump was somehow for LGBTQ.
— Miranda Mirror (@mirror_miranda) August 8, 2020
You dumb fck. We already have it. It’s called obamacare.
HUGE NEWS is right!
— michaelrh 🏳️🌈 (@fgsweetdog) August 8, 2020
THIS IS AMAZING AND BRILLIANT AND I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT THE PRESIDENT DID THIS…in 2010.
Nice try, assholes.
— Red *Person Woman Man Camera TV* (@Redpainter1) August 8, 2020
Jerry Falwell Jr. on Leave of Absence After Request From Board of Trustees – Just Days After Unzipped Pants Shot
Jerry Falwell, Jr., the President and Chancellor of Liberty University, has been asked to take an indefinite leave of absence, just days after he posted, deleted, and later offered a strange and some say possibly intoxicated explanation about a photo showing him and a young woman in a strange state of undress.
MSNBC’s Jesse Rodriguez:
Jerry Falwell Jr has been asked to take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University.
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) August 7, 2020
National Review’s David French adds the request came from the Board of Trustees:
This is good news. Necessary: pic.twitter.com/SLNdDEuD8A
— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 7, 2020
Liberty University is one of the world’s largest Christian universities. Falwell, Jr. is a close ally to President Donald Trump. This is far from his first stunning scandal.
This is one of a few photos he posted Monday. There was a strange video as well. All were quickly deleted.
wut is happening pic.twitter.com/8iEOr9EeRQ
— Robert Downen (@RobDownenChron) August 3, 2020
Falwell, Jr. then called into a local Virginia radio station, explaining the woman his arm was wrapped around was his wife’s assistant.
“You know it was weird, cause she was, she’s pregnant, she couldn’t get her pants up, and I was, trying to like – my, I had on a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either,” Falwell told WLNI. “And so I just put my belly – I just put my belly out like hers, and it was just, um, she’s my wife’s assistant and she’s a sweetheart. I should never have put it up and embarrassed her because, um, anyway, I’ve apologized to everybody and I promised my kids, I’m gonna try to be a good boy from here on out.”
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) called Falwell’s behavior “appalling,” and called for him to step down.
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Top US Counter Intelligence Official Formally Announces Russia Working to Attack Biden, Helping Trump Win Re-Election
The top counterintelligence official in the United States government has just released an official statement saying the Intelligence Community is actively working to help President Donald Trump get re-elected.
“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment.’ This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia,” states National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Director William Evanina.
“For example, pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption – including through publicizing leaked phone calls – to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party. Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television.”
Evanina does not limit his assessment to Russia. China and Iran, he says, prefer Biden to win the election – which would account for Trump’s recent attacks on both countries, while refusing to challenge or confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on any issue.
“We assess that China prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable – does not win reelection. China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.”
“We assess that Iran seeks to undermine U.S. democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country in advance of the 2020 elections.”
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other top Democrats, have been urging Evanina to release this information to the public.
But he warns that President Donald Trump is unlikely to act on it.
Huge news from ODNI – not the least because Giuliani has worked to amplify Derkach's criticisms of Biden; the IC now says those criticisms are part of a Russian effort to damage Biden's candidacy pic.twitter.com/N16eq9EQQl
— Betsy Woodruff Swan (@woodruffbets) August 7, 2020
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