One GOP Congresswoman has been lying about transgender troops, using demonstrably false numbers to exponentially inflate their medical costs.
The U.S. House of Representatives just held a vote on a resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members in the U.S. Armed Forces. Despite polls that find seven out of 10 voters support open service by transgender troops, only five Republicans crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the resolution denouncing the ban.
The non-binding resolution, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) passed with a final vote of 238-185. Democrats were united in unanimous support of the resolution.
“Today, this House has a chance to not repeat the mistakes of our past, to move one step closer to that sacred promise, by telling brave trans men and women in uniform that they cannot be banned from military service because of who they are,” Kennedy said, as The Washington Blade reports.
Two Republicans stood on the House floor to denounce the resolution and to support the President.
“Among them was Rep. Vicky Hartlzer (R-Mo.), who has a notoriously anti-LGBT record and two years ago introduced an amendment to the House floor seeking to ban the U.S. military from paying for transition-related care, including gender reassignment surgery,” The Blade notes.
Citing Defense Dept. data the AP reported last month that “the military has spent about $8 million on transgender care since 2016 out of its $50 billion overall health care budget.”
But Rep. Hartzler has been telling a far different tale.
According to the anti-LGBTQ Congresswoman, the medical costs of keeping transgender troops in the U.S. Armed Forces would be $1.35 billion over 10 years, or $135 million annually. That’s exponentially greater than about $4 million per year.
Hartzler has also compared transgender service members to ISIS and called them a “domestic threat.”
All of those are lies.
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Trump DOJ Tells Supreme Court It Is Legal To Fire Transgender Workers
The Trump administration on Friday informed the U.S. Supreme Court it is the opinion of the Dept. of Justice that it is legal under federal law for employers to fire transgender workers merely for being transgender.
The DOJ’s brief states Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, does not apply to transgender workers.
In reporting the development Buzzfeed calls it one of the Trump administration’s “most agressive steps yet to legalize anti-transgender discrimination.”
Friday’s move comes just days after the DOJ attempted to strong-arm the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission into telling the Supreme Court discrimination on the basis of gender identity is not sex discrimination. To do so would have contradicted up to eight years of EEOC findings and rulings.
Anti-LGBT White Supremacist to Co-Host New Public Affairs TV Talk Show That Will Air on PBS
Pat Buchanan, a longtime anti-LGBTQ white supremacist Christian nationalist pundit will co-host a re-boot of “The McLaughlin Group,” a Sunday morning public affairs, news, and commentary TV talk show know for the fast and hot takes of its conservative creator, John McLaughlin. The show will be syndicated by Maryland Public Television and air on PBS stations, Media Matters reports.
Buchanan, who worked in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan White Houses, co-hosted the original version of CNN’s “Crossfire,” and was even a regular contributor on MSNBC, before the network parted ways with him over offensive commentary in one of his many books.
Indeed, Buchanan has a long and dark history of homophobia, anti-semitism, Holocaust diminution, racism, and bigotry., as NCRM repeatedly reported.
For example, Buchanan once claimed that “America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.”
(They were slaves, stolen from their homes, beaten, raped, separated from their families, whipped, and later, once slavery was over, suffered hundreds of years of inequality that continues to this very day.)
In 2011, Buchanan exploded over same-sex marriage, claiming it “is being imposed dictatorially,” during this screed:
“Vaughn Walker, a gay federal judge in San Francisco, has ruled that same-sex marriage is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Can anyone believe this absurd notion of equality was intended by or written into the Constitution by the Congress that produced the 14th Amendment?”
“Although gay marriage has been rejected in 31 states in referenda, judges continue to declare that such unions be treated as marriages,” Buchanan continued, literally denigrating the 17,000 marriages of California same-sex couples. “An idea of equality rejected democratically by voters is being imposed dictatorially. In December 2010, a repudiated liberal Congress imposed its San Francisco values on the Armed Forces, by ordering homosexuals admitted to all branches of the service. Indoctrination of recruits, soldiers, and officers into an acceptance of the gay lifestyle will transfer authority over the military, the most respected institution in America, to agents of a deeply-resented and widely detested managerial state.”
These are but two of countless examples of Buchanan’s white supremacy and anti-LGBTQ hate. Media Matters produced this short clip exposing Buchanan’s history of hate:
Media Matters, which reports that Buchanan will co-host the reboot of “The McLaughlin Group,” and that it will air on PBS stations, offers more evidence of Buchanan’s “Anti-LGBT Bigotry.”
Media Matters also reports that Buchanan “has spent decades calling for the defunding of public broadcasting,” complaining it “glorified homosexuality.”
Internet Digs Up Curt Schilling’s Horrific History After Trump Says It’s ‘Terrific’ He May Run for Congress
President Donald Trump Tuesday endorsed the as-yet undeclared congressional candidacy of former baseball great Curt Schilling, who helped lead his teams to World Series championships four times.
Schilling in his post-baseball years has become a far right wing political commentator who has endorsed Donald Trump and who even promotes the false QAnon conspiracy theory.
Despite Schilling’s horrific history, President Donald Trump felt the need to praise him on Twitter – while making it clear the president saw him on “Fox and Friends.”
Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
Many immediately took to Twitter to provide an important background check.
Among them, Parkland massacre survivor and activist David Hogg, who alluded to, as Yahoo News reported, the fact Schilling last year retweeted “a conspiracy theory that alleges one of the survivors from the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. was actually a paid crisis actor.”
He claimed parkland was a hoax
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 13, 2019
Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah pointed to a 2016 Washington Post piece titled, “The radicalization of Curt Schilling,”
Trump of course praises a guy fired for his anti-LGBT comments and for demonizing Muslims – Im surprised Trump doesn’t simply hire him to be his spokesperson: https://t.co/cx2Q55Ywc0
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 13, 2019
“Let him in!” the tweet read. “To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
— Outsports (@outsports) April 19, 2016
And here are some more responses to Trump’s endorsement of Schilling’s potential congressional run:
So, if you’re an athlete like Lebron James, you should “shut up and dribble,”
but if you’re an athlete that gets fired from ESPN for being a homophobic xenophobe, like Curt Schilling, you should run for Congress? Got it. https://t.co/80Ua6JueCH
— Brandon Besserer (@BrandonBesserer) August 13, 2019
Trump is now encouraging well known bigot, sketchy businessman and Nazi memorabilia collector Curt Schilling to infiltrate Arizona and spread his swampy message. I don’t think so. https://t.co/gzJ9kofs2u https://t.co/OWcQI4Ipob
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 13, 2019
Four years ago I came across Curt Schilling selling pieces from his Nazi memorabilia collection and wrote about it. Now @realDonaldTrump is encouraging him to run for Congress. https://t.co/8NB7CYCKOa
— ☆ 𝖧𝗂𝗅𝖺𝗋𝗒 𝖲𝖺𝗋𝗀𝖾𝗇𝗍 ☆ (@lilsarg) August 13, 2019
Considering Schilling managed to drive a video game company into bankruptcy during the height of the video game boom and then got the RI taxpayers to eat $75 million of his debt, he’s actually the perfect Trumpian candidate. Good luck, AZ! https://t.co/4SxWuHnARZ
— John Rogers (@jonrog1) August 13, 2019
<blinks in disbelief>
…the guy who basically defrauded Rhode Island for 75 million dollars?
I’ve met that guy. He’s white male privilege distilled into human form. ‘Nice’ in a ‘only if I can empathize with you due to us being the same’ kind of way and horrible to anyone else. https://t.co/9tbcVuCPQ9
— SwarmOfBeesInADress (@OMGBeesInADress) August 13, 2019
White supremacists gotta stick together, right?! https://t.co/NRn35aR9rE
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) August 13, 2019
You forgot “racist”. Schilling is racist just like you. https://t.co/V8BUTz2l87
— BlueJaysTwit (@bluejaystwit) August 13, 2019
Curt Schilling is a rabid conspiracy theorist, islamophobic, homophobic, transphobic, bigoted racist fraud known for being fired from ESPN in 2016 and defrauding the state of Rhode Island out of $75 Million.
Predator trump just endorsed his run for Senate.
Birds of a feather.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 13, 2019
Curt Schilling is a Nazi memorabilia collector, and apparently he's also pro-lynching. Maybe that's why Donald Trump wants him to run for Congress.
How much awesome Curt? pic.twitter.com/UZ84bKo3eB
— Then they came for the judges🆘 (@RWwatchMA) August 13, 2019
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