President Donald Trump was challenged over his ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces when he sat down with his friend and former “Celebrity Apprentice” winner Piers Morgan on Wednesday’s “Good Morning Britain.”
Trump is visiting the UK, wrapping up his official state visit before heading off to meet with the Prime Minister of Ireland.
Citing Trump’s recent surprise tweet recognizing LGBT Pride Month, his first ever, Morgan asked, “if you feel that protective of the LGBT community, why did you feel the need to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military?” as The Daily Mail reports.
Trump proceeded to rattle off a list of reasons – not one of which were true or accurate.
“Because they take massive amounts of drugs, they have to,” after gender reassignment surgery – which not all transgender people choose. “And also – and you’re not allowed to take drugs, you know in the military you’re not allowed to take any drugs, you can’t take an aspirin,” which is false. (Active duty troops are discouraged if heading in to combat.)
“And they have to after the operation, they have to, they have no choice, they have to. And you would actually have to break rules and regulations in order to have that,” which, again, is false.
Morgan informed the President that the U.S. Military spends more on Viagra for men than it does on healthcare for transgender troops, including surgery.
“I didn’t know that,” Trump replied, with a curious smirk.
But minutes later, Trump was again repeating the falsehood of high costs of health care and surgery for transgender troops.
“Well, it is what it is, look, and also people were going in and then asking for the operation, and the operation is $200,000, $250,000 and getting the operation, and the recovery period is long and they have to take large amounts of drugs after that, for whatever reason, large amounts,” Trump claimed, falsely. (For a look at costs, see Wharton’s Public Policy Initiative report, which includes this line: “$438 per transgender service member yearly, including costs of both hormone distribution as well as gender reassignment surgery.”)
“And that’s not the way it is, and you can’t do that,” he added. And yet, it has been done, with no negative effect on military readiness or “unit cohesion.”
“So I said, yeah, when it came to time to make a decision on that and because of the drugs and also because of the cost of the operation,” Trump explained.
But there was never a time Trump was required to make any decision. Official acceptance of open service for transgender troops was underway when he became Commander-in-Chief. On July 26, 2017, Trump stunned the nation with a series of tweets announcing a complete and total ban on transgender troops. He did so without consulting his “generals,” as he liked to call them, any military advisors, or even his incoming chief of staff, retired General John Kelly.
In fact, the only ones who were consulted were those behind the plan to discharge all transgender troops: Vice President Mike Pence and the head of an anti-LGBT hate group, Tony Perkins.
Morgan even reminded Trump that transgender service members have been decorated heroes.
“Some transgender people in the U.S. military have won serious gallantry awards, what do you feel about them?” Morgan asked.
“Well I’m proud of them, I think it’s great, but you have to have a standard and you have to stick to that standard,” he said, which is inaccurate, since standards change over time and he is the one with the power to alter the standards.
“We have a great military and I want to keep it that way and maybe they’d be phenomenal, I think they probably would be,” Trump said of transgender troops, “but again you have very strict rules and regulations on drugs and prescription drugs and all of these different things and they blow it out of the water.”
‘You have to have a standard and you have to stick by that standard.’
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 5, 2019
For a quick look debunking Trump’s lies from today’s interview, take a look at this Twitter thread from Media Matters editor-at-large Parker Malloy.
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Log Cabin Republican Burned to the Ground on Live TV for ‘Idiotic’ Op-Ed Defending Trump on LGBTQ Issues
On Saturday’s edition of “AM Joy,” former Senate aide Jimmy Williams clashed with Log Cabin Republicans spokesman Charles Moran over his Washington Post op-ed hailing President Donald Trump for supposedly taking “bold actions that benefit the LGBTQ community.”
“Since Trump became president, he’s done, established, promulgated rules, or met with virulently homophobic leaders in the White House 123 times. Not 100 times, not 23 times, 123 times,” said Williams. “In fact, yesterday, the Trump Department of Justice sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States saying transgendered Americans don’t have the right to not be discriminated against in the workplace. They did that yesterday! I am glad President Trump is trying to decriminalize gender hate in the United States. I cannot go and adopt a child in South Carolina, where I currently am as we speak, because the president of the United States granted a waiver to South Carolina back in January of this year saying that adoption agencies in the state can say no to gay people trying to adopt.”
“So I don’t want to hear any BS crap about the fact that the president is stemming AIDS and making homosexuality something great and wonderful, and Dorothy and the rainbow bridge across the world, when here in the States, he has declared war on the LGBTQ community,” said Williams.
“Chuck, let’s go through some of these specific things,” said host Ayman Mohyedin. “Trump opposes federal LGBTQ bill as ‘poison pills.’ The bill was introduced in March. President Trump opposes the bill that would end sexual discrimination to prevent discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The LGBTQ community changes dramatically at state borders. In the absence of a national law, at least 20 states have enacted LGBTQ discrimination protections. You even had the CEO of the national LGBTQ advocacy group GLAD say that Trump’s opposition to the Equality Act cements the legislation as being the most anti-LGBTQ administration in recent memory. It’s hard to say this president is for LGBTQ rights when he denied that bill.”
“Well, I think it’s comical that the extreme left and the mainstream media that is trying to promulgate this Trump Derangement Syndrome of him being the most anti-LGBTQ president, when you have people like Bill Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act, who signed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” said Moran. “Even people like President Bush, who pushed a federal ban on gay marriage and tried to eliminate marriage equality. This revisionist history is simply not true.”
“With all due respect — hold on, hold on, this isn’t about whataboutism,” said Mohyedin. “Answer the specifics I just laid out for you … Charles, answer the specifics about why he will not support the equality bill.”
“Because the equality bill contains a number of clauses and provisions that are violating of other areas of the Constitution, and that’s part of the problem, is the Democrats ramrodded this equality bill through without any kind of input from Republicans,” said Moran. “In some of the issues that you just addressed, in a lot of them, especially with specifically the case of the labor announcement that came out two or three days ago, the proposed rules change, again, it does nothing to actually repeal any existing protections that the LGBT community currently enjoys under the law.”
“That’s a lie.” said Mohyedin.
“It’s not a lie,” protested Moran.
“It is a lie,” said Mohyedin.
“Here’s what we’re going to do, Charles. Since you think whataboutism is okay, let’s do whataboutism,” said Williams. “What about the fact that Donald Trump, more than a decade ago was for gay marriage? Then when he was running for president, [said] on the Christian Broadcast Network, that in fact he thought Obergefell was a bad decision, that it should be left to the states, and he was going to appoint Supreme Court justices that would … handle traditional marriage in the proper way. What did he do? He appointed two Supreme Court justices that may very well do that.”
“So I don’t want to hear any of this crap about Barack Obama and George Bush and Bill Clinton and George Washington,” said Williams. “They aren’t president. This guy is president and he’s a racist, homophobic bigot, and the fact you’re supporting him is just shameful.”
GOP Leadership Tells House Republicans to Lie About White Supremacist Gun Massacres – Call It ‘Violence From the Left’
House Republican leadership has sent a memo to GOP members of Congress directing them to lie about right wing white supremacist gun massacres, and to call it “violence from the left.”
The memo, which The Tampa Bay Times acquired, includes talking points for congressional Republicans to parrot when speaking with reporters or constituents. It instructs them on how to address questions about gun violence, including the domestic terrorism recently perpetrated in El Paso, Texas.
If asked a question like, “Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?” GOP lawmakers are being told to offer this response:
“White nationalism and racism are pure evil and cannot be tolerated in any form,” the document directs lawmakers to say, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “We also can’t excuse violence from the left such as the El Paso shooter, the recent Colorado shooters, the Congressional baseball shooter, Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter and Antifa.”
The El Paso shooting suspect who killed 22 people targeted Hispanic people specifically. He is reportedly a far right wing domestic terrorist who left a manifesto that quoted or echoed President Donald Trump multiple times.
The false claims are not only being sent to Republicans in the House, the lawmakers are sending them to their constituents.
For example, as the Tampa Bay Times notes, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida sent the false “violence from the left” claim in a newsletter to his constituents.
The House Republican leadership talking points also direct lawmakers to falsely conflate mass shootings where there was no political motivation, or an ambiguous motivation, with the left, such as the Dayton shooter.
“The GOP conference talking points ascribed other shootings as leftist violence despite ambiguous, if not contradictory, evidence,” the Tampa Bay Times explains. “The shooter that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, a Democrat, was paranoid about government and obsessed with the Arizona Congresswoman, a law enforcement investigation found. His political persuasions were mixed and did not appear to be a factor. Nor does it seem that the May shooters at a Colorado high school — both teenagers and bullied students — were motivated by politics.”
Trump Lies About Racist ‘Send Her Back’ Chant: I Tried to Stop It by Speaking ‘Very Quickly’ (Which He Did Not)
President Donald Trump is trying to distance himself from the massive outrage exhibited after his supporters – taking their cue from his remarks and his tweets all week – chanted “send her back, send her back” at a campaign re-election rally Wednesday night.
The President is now claiming, falsely, that he tried to stop the racist chants attacking Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by speaking “very quickly,” which he did not.
REPORTER: Why didn’t you ask your fans to stop chanting “send her back”?
TRUMP: “Number one, I think I did. I started speaking very quickly.”
(This is brazen gaslighting & damage control. Trump basked in the chants & took his time resuming his speech.) pic.twitter.com/EMBkHQwQuv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 18, 2019
In fact, video proves Trump paused and soaked in the fascistic chanting rather than try to stop it.
Trump looking on approvingly as his crowd chants “Send her back!” about a nonwhite American congresswoman is straight out of a Nuremberg rally.
A GOP that was too cowardly to condemn his tweets, you own this. This is your party now. Overt racism is a feature, not a bug. pic.twitter.com/tKLvVPAKCt
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 18, 2019
“It was quite a chant,” Trump said, almost appearing to brag before stopping himself by telling reporters Thursday, “I felt a little bit badly about it.”
He also tried to defend himself by saying, “I didn’t say that, they did.”
“I was not happy with it — I disagree with it,” Trump added, according to The Washington Post, which adds the President “did nothing apparent to discourage the crowd.”
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