115 Democrats Want to Know if Trump Actually Consulted With the Pentagon Before Announcing Transgender Ban
‘After Consultation With My Generals and Military Experts’ Trump Had Tweeted. But Did He Consult? Did the Pentagon Ask for the Ban?
115 Democratic Congressmen have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis asking if anyone in the Pentagon actually asked PresidentÂ Donald Trump to ban transgender service members from the U.S. armed forces. As the letter states, back in August the Commander-in-Chief on national television claimed he had been “doing the military a great favor” when he, without warning, called for a complete and total ban of all transgender service members, via Twitter in late July.
Subsequent reporting made clear that Trump had not, in fact “consulted with” his generals, as he claimed on Twitter. Secretary Mattis was on vacation when Trump posted the tweets, and the president had only one day earlierÂ mentioned the ban to him.
Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), who sits on the House Armed Services Committee and is a member of theÂ Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, drafted the letter to Mattis, as Mother Jones reports.
â€œWhen you look at the shock that was evident in the responses from the Pentagon, it would seem there had been no conversation prior to his tweet,â€ Rep. McEachin told Mother Jones. Â
If defense officials did not advise Trump to ban transgender service members prior to the tweets, McEachin says, â€œit would mean at a minimum that the president of the United States has lied to the American public again,â€ and â€œthat he is turning his back on the LGBT community.â€Â
â€œWe have strong concerns about the process by which your ban was created,â€ McEachin and other Democratic members of the HouseÂ wroteÂ to Trump in August. â€œNews reports have characterized your ban as a â€˜snap decisionâ€™ that â€˜caught [the Pentagon] off guard.â€™ Decisions that touch on national security demand careful consideration and responsible debate.â€
Rep. McEachin is asking for any documents, emails, telephoneÂ or meeting logs, or letters that would show if anyone in the PentagonÂ asked President Trump for the transgender ban.Â
â€œWe seek access to these materials in order to determine whether the president, his national security team, and military leaders are actively coordinating policy with one another, or whether the presidentâ€™s transgender ban announcement reflected a breakdown in communication,â€Â McEachin’s letter reads.
114 of my colleagues joined me on a letter to General Mattis, requesting correspondence before Trumpâ€™s #TransBan. https://t.co/tPJ2KvBuZR pic.twitter.com/npFesMawUI
â€” Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) October 10, 2017
The transgender ban, it is believed, was the brainchild ofÂ Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, not anyone in the Pentagon. In fact, it seems apparent no one in the Pentagon, including top generals and his new Navy Secretary, wants the ban to go into effect in any way, shape, or form.Â
Several transgender members of the military and the ACLU, are suing the Trump administration over the ban.
Fully implementing the ban will cost an estimated $960 million.
SenatorsÂ Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are also working together to try to stop the ban.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts,” Trump had tweeted July 26, “please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allowÂ Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelmingÂ victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
‘Pits Parents Against Parents’: House Republicans Pass Anti-LGBTQ Florida-Style K-12 ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’
The Republican-majority U.S. House of Representatives Friday morning passed HR 5, the “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” legislation similar to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ laws that have led to book bans and targeting of LGBTQ children.
The bill passed 213-208, with 14 Members not voting. All yes votes were from Republicans only. Five Republicans joined Democrats to vote no.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu of California warned the legislation “pits parents against parents.”
“The extreme MAGA H.R. 5 bill will let other parents dictate what books your child gets to read. It’ll make it easier for other parents to know if your child has an eating disorder, or is experiencing a mental health crisis,” Lieu warned.
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The extreme MAGA H.R. 5 bill will let other parents dictate what books your child gets to read. It’ll make it easier for other parents to know if your child has an eating disorder, or is experiencing a mental health crisis.
This bill pits parents against parents. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/T02sluBAzB
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) March 24, 2023
U.S> Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) warned, “H.R. 5 would codify Republican book bans all over the country. Stories of Holocaust survivors, enslaved Americans, and over 1,600 other stories have already been pulled from shelves.”
U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) said HR5 is “a vehicle for hate and political nonsense.”
.@RepMaxwellFrost on H.R. 5: “This bill is just a vehicle for hate and political nonsense…It's not about policy, it's about politics. It's not about freedom and liberty, it's about the fear of a problem that doesn't exist.”
The civil rights community opposes this legislation. pic.twitter.com/5eNd5MCNDa
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) March 23, 2023
Congressman Greg Murphy, Republican of North Carolina, in a recorded statement falsely claimed the bill was needed because “Children are being taught to hate our country,” and “parents are labeled as domestic terrorists.”
In his speech before the bill passed, Speaker Kevin McCarthy declared, “We believe parents should know what your children is [sic] learning.”
CNN reports the bill would also “require elementary and middle schools that receive federal funding to obtain parental consent before ‘changing a minor child’s gender markers, pronouns, or preferred name on any school form; or allowing a child to change the child’s sex-based accommodations, including locker rooms or bathrooms.'”
Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the legislation “Orwellian to the core,” and promised it “will not see the light of day.”
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Far Right Christian Nationalist Brags His ‘Biblical Worldview’ Group Is Behind Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Anti-Trans Law
Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed legislation Tuesday prohibiting transgender people from using public school facilities that match their gender identity. Later that same day, Jason Rapert, a former Arkansas state senator and founder of the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, posted a video crediting his organization for the legislation.
Rapert, a longtime religious-right activist and ardent Christian nationalist, bragged that this piece of legislation was first proposed by Arkansas school board member David Naylor during an annual NACL meeting, endorsed by the organization, and finally brought to the Arkansas state legislature by state Rep. Mary Bentley, who serves on the board of the NACL.
“The NACL has seven working committees,” Rapert said. “Those committees actually debate and discuss every major policy issue in this country, all from a biblical worldview.”
“We make model laws,” he continued. “Do you know that just recently Rep. Mary Bentley of Arkansas passed a model law that the NACL adopted at their last meeting in the state of Texas?”
“Rep. Mary Bentley, [who] is our chair of the National Legislative Council, she went to the Arkansas legislature, took that concept that came from Dr. David Naylor that was then adopted by the full body of the NACL, and guess what? It’s already been placed into law in the state of Arkansas,” Rapert crowed. “That’s the difference the NACL can make in your community.”
“This is what the NACL does every day all across this country,” Rapert bellowed later in the video. “We are fighting for the lives of little babies. We are fighting against the people that are putting the queer books into your school libraries and trying to groom these children into homosexuality. We’re standing up. We’re pursuing school board policies to save the nation. We are standing up and have our members running bills in the halls of the state legislatures to stand up against this woke ideology, to push back against the things of the devil in our country.”
In December, Rapert declared that right-wing Christians must rise up and “take authority” over everything from their local school boards to the federal government. The National Association for Christian Lawmakers seeks do just that, advancing legislation that fits their narrow conservative biblical worldview in statehouses throughout the country. The group’s advisory board includes politicians like Mike Huckabee and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as well as influential religious-right activists like Tony Perkins of Family Research Council and Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel.
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
Jim Jordan Busted for Helping Trump ‘Tamper’ With Probe: ‘Beyond All Bounds of What’s Legal’
Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg rebuffed a Republican House demand for a peek inside an investigation involving Donald Trump as “unlawful,” and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton agreed it amounted to “tampering.”
Bragg’s general counsel denied a request for documents and an interview with the district attorney by Judiciary, Oversight and Administration Committee chairs Jim Jordan (R-OH), James Comer (R-KY) and Bryan Steil (R-WI), calling the congressional inquiry an “unprecedented” intervention into a pending local prosecution undertaken at Trump’s request.
“Any man that is up in the middle of the night, that is going with this kind of language, is scared to death,” Sharpton said of Trump, who has been posting highly provocative online attacks against Bragg. “The problem, though, is that he is inciting people, no matter how small they have become as a crowd, to do something. Add that to him having the photo of the bat at a sitting prosecutor, I mean, it’s unimaginable. You’re right, we’d be arrested for that.”
“We have chairmen of committees telling a prosecutor, who is in the middle of an investigation, to come and give us the evidence,” Sharpton added. “I mean, they’re really tampering with an investigation. This is not an investigation that’s concluded. Before we know whether there is an indictment or charge, they’re saying bring us the evidence? I mean, this is unheard of. What is Jordan talking about? They’re in the middle of a grand jury proceeding. You want the prosecutor to leave the proceeding and tell me the evidence you’re giving, and we’ll put it on national television so the target can understand the evidence? I mean, we are going beyond all bounds of what is legal, what is respectful, and we have a man who is scared to death, that is up in the middle of the night inciting violence, having a photo with a bat, because he’s scared to death he’s going to have to face this prosecution.”
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