The Department of Justice has decided to weigh in on Tuesday’s 5-4 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the Trump administration’s desired ban on transgender troops to go into effect. The DOJ, currently headed by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (photo) praised the Supreme Court’s move by attacking transgender troops, falsely claiming they are a risk to the military.
The Justice Dept. said in a statement that the policies it was fighting in the courts, which were created under the Obama administration, had posed “a risk to military effectiveness and lethality for over a year.”
There is no proof that allowing transgender troops to serve openly poses any risk to military effectiveness or lethality.
“We are pleased the Supreme Court granted stays in these cases, clearing the way for the policy to go into effect while litigation continues,” DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said. Kupec previously was the spokesperson for the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom.
“The Department of Defense has the authority to create and implement personnel policies it has determined are necessary to best defend our nation. Due to lower courts issuing nationwide injunctions, our military had been forced to maintain a prior policy that poses a risk to military effectiveness and lethality for over a year.”
Estimates vary widely but some studies have shown there are between over 10,000 to over 15,000 transgender troops serving in the U.S. Military.
Last year a YouGov/The Economist poll found one third of Americans (34%) opposed allowing transgender troops to serve openly, and almost half (49%) supported open service by transgender troops.
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Meghan McCain Slammed for Suggesting Barbed Wire Fences Were Put Up Around Congress Because of Impeachment
Meghan McCain is under fire for suggesting barbed wire fences were installed around the Capitol building to protect Congress during the impeachment of Donald Trump.
The protections, including 25,000 National Guard troops and “miles of 12-foot high fencing,” were installed in direct response to former President Trump’s MAGA supporters attacking the Capitol on January 6, after he incited an insurrection, ahead of the January 20 inauguration.
Now that impeachment is done can DC stop having barbed wire fences and humvees around the capitol like this is a military base in Baghdad?
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 15, 2021
Many on social media expressed their anger at what they see is more conservative gaslighting:
Don’t let them lie it away, folks
You saw what you saw. Trump fomented an attack on us. They are still out there believing GOP lies. We are not safe. People died during the attack. Thousands from Covid every day. They just keep lying about everything and doing nothing to fix it.
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) February 15, 2021
Impeachment isn’t the problem. A mob of GOP-fueled terrorists is. And they are still out there, still being pandered to by GOP officials who continue to spread the lie that Democrats are part of some evil plot to destroy America. Until they are taken down, they are a threat.
— Ben G. (@softreeds) February 15, 2021
You really are an idiot. You apparently are not paying attention to reality
— B.L. Ochman – Masks Save Lives (@whatsnext) February 15, 2021
Have you not been paying attention?
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) February 15, 2021
— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) February 15, 2021
Take some ownership here. All the times you defended the republicans and added to the lies. You and your party made DC a Baghdad. https://t.co/5UiFPbojW2
— Thomas Paine (@resistandgrow) February 15, 2021
No, not until you convince GQP supporters that overthrowing the elected government and/or assassinating its leaders is illegal and unacceptable behavior.
— Call me HomenPeixe. (@ColorArousal) February 15, 2021
When Republicans stop playing nice with white supremecists and militias then maybe we can.
— Susan (@sailmom) February 15, 2021
Sure, as soon as Republican #QAnon terrorists stop committing terrorism. However, they’re talking about doing it again on March 4. Did USA take down security barriers after 9/11? That’s when we put them up.
— Messaging Matters (@MessagingMatt) February 15, 2021
No, because the domestic terrorist are threatening another insurrection for the Manchurian Candidate on March 4th, claiming that will be his inauguration. Plus, they just stopped a Q-nut in DC and her husband with guns and a note for Biden. The nuts are emboldened.
— Geeg🐻🏈😷🗳️🍑🍾🥂🎊🎉 (@geegeejp) February 15, 2021
What part of sedition do you not understand? Those who attempted to overthrow the government haven’t gone anywhere.
— stonecircle (@stone_circle) February 15, 2021
FYI the fences aren’t up because of the impeachment trial.
The fences are up because your party is full of radicalized assholes bent on destroying our country.
Hope that helps. https://t.co/JluX4AJbud
— Leftie Lucy (@LeftieLucy) February 15, 2021
Watch: Trump Dangerously Declares the US Engaged in ‘Unprecedented’ and ‘Illegal Spying’ on His Campaign
President Donald Trump, emboldened by his hand-picked Attorney General’s false claim of “spying” by the U.S. Intelligence community on the Trump campaign, told reporters Thursday he agrees with William Barr.
“I think what he said was absolutely true,” President Trump said in the Oval Office. “There was absolutely spying into my campaign. I’ll go a step further — in my opinion it was illegal spying, unprecedented spying, and something that should never be allowed to happen in our country again.”
Trump described Attorney General’s remarks before the U.S. Senate, characterizing a judge-warranted counterintelligence investigation as “spying,” as “very accurate.”
It is a clear attempt to discredit the FBI and the Mueller report, and criminalize the agents, investigators, and officials involved. It also ties back to Trump’s entirely unfounded lie that President Barack Obama “wiretapped” him. An Inspector General’s review found zero evidence to support that libelous attack, which Trump tweeted about two years ago.
Attorney General Barr did walk back his remarks slightly, after being informed there is a perceptible difference between “spying,” which evokes an illegal context, and a counterintelligence investigation, which is the actual job of the FBI and other intelligence agencies.
Barr also said it remains to be seen if the investigation was warranted.
TRUMP commends Bill Barr for his unsupported claim that there was “spying” on the Trump campaign: “I think what he said was absolutely true… I’ll go a step further — in my opinion it was illegal spying.” pic.twitter.com/GSupkCRLug
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 11, 2019
Enraged, Trump Attacks: ‘Obama Separated the Children – ‘I’m the One That Stopped It’
President Donald Trump charged his predecessor with separating families and putting children in cages, but insisted he was the one who stopped it.
The Trump administration, under Stephen Miller, created the “zero tolerance” policy of separating families at the border and caging children with the direct intention of deterring people from Central America attempting to come to the United States. He called it a “simple decision.”
Asked about separating children – a policy Trump has been demanding for months his now-fired Secretary of homeland Security start up again, despite being illegal – Trump initially refused to answer.
About 30 seconds later Trump spoke as reporters were being coralled out of the Oval Office.
“Obama separated the children,” Trump charged angrily. “Just so you understand.”
“President Obama,” Trump said harshly, stressing the former president’s name, “separated the children. Those cages that were shown. I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by president Obama’s administration – not by Trump.”
“President Obama,” Trump said in staccato, “had child separation.”
“I’m the one that stopped it.”
“And I’ll tell you, once you don’t have it, that’s why you see many more people coming. They’re coming like it’s a picnic – ‘Let’s go to Disneyland.'”
That too is false – studies show the policy was not effective.
MSNBC aired the clip and announced President Trump was incorrect.
NEW: “We’re not looking to do that,” President Trump tells ABC News’ @jonkarl when asked if he’s considering reinstating the family separation policy at the border.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 9, 2019
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