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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Trump’s Impeachment Lawyer ‘Deliberately Lied’ by Claiming Democrats Didn’t Give Them Security Videos: Reports
During their arguments Friday afternoon a Trump attorney claimed Democrats did not share with the defense team never-before seen security camera footage from the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
That’s a lie, according to multiple reports.
Here’s national political reporter Hugo Lowell:
Source confirms to me Trump defense attorney David Schoen deliberately lied that they didn’t have access to House managers’ evidence: “The trial rules required us giving them the videos before we started.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) February 12, 2021
“On Wednesday of this week countless news outlets repeated the Democrat talking points about the power of never before seen footage,” Schoen said in his opening remarks, per a C-Span transcript. “Let me ask you this: Why was this footage never seen before?” Schoen asked, angrily.
“Shouldn’t the subject of an impeachment trial, this impeachment trial, President Trump have the right to see the so-called new evidence against him? More importantly, the riot and the attack on the storied building was a major event that shocked and impacted all Americans. Shouldn’t the American people have seen this footage as soon as it was available? For what possible reason that the House managers withheld it from the American people and President Trump’s lawyers? For political gain.”
On MSNBC, Nicolle Wallace also reports, citing her source, Schoen lied and Democrats did hand over the evidence, before the trial, as the rules require.
“I have some new reporting though from a source familiar with the impeachment managers’ preparation and their communications with Donald Trump’s defense team,” Wallace told viewers.
“They tell me this, ‘every piece of evidence including new videos,’ he’s talking about the security videos, ‘were given to the defense team before the trial. They could have played them. He lied,'” she reports. “He turns out to be Mr Schoen, ‘when he said they never saw them. That was part of the rules we voted on, that they had to have those, they could have played them on Tuesday. Mr Schoen started by saying that we withheld these videos to shock the jury, and to illustrate that there’s no proof of due process that the trial rules required us giving them the videos before we started and we did that, when you don’t have a case. That’s what you do.'”
“Every piece of evidence, including new videos, were given to the defense team before the trial,” @NicolleDWallace reports, citing source familiar with House manager preparation and communication with Trump defense team. “The trial rules required us giving them the videos” pic.twitter.com/P40jCj6ytq
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 12, 2021
New Revelations in Leaked Trump Campaign Documents Show Brad Parscale Lied to Congress
Associate professor of media design David Carrell walked through transcripts of Congressional interviews with former digital director turned ex-campaign manager Brad Parscale.
“The Cambridge Analytica saga breaks wide open again,” he tweeted on Monday. “The proof is finally being revealed. We always knew the truth was right there in the data.
He cited Channel 4 News which cited a Trump campaign data leak, exposing how 3.5 million Black Americans were listed as “Deterrence” in an effort to get them to not vote.
🚨🚨Tonight at 7pm:🚨🚨
EXCLUSIVE: Channel 4 News investigation reveals a huge Trump campaign data leak, exposing how 3.5 million Black Americans were listed as ‘Deterrence’ – to try to stop them voting in 2016.#DeterringDemocracy pic.twitter.com/wkxKfbynu6
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 28, 2020
When Parscale testified to Congress, Rep Jackie Speier (D-CA) asked Parscale if the campaign targeted people like “white men.”
“I did not target by race specifically in GOTV and/or persuasion efforts,” Parscale testified under oath.
The new leaked data revealed that Parscale lied.
He was also asked, “Did you participate in a voter suppression operation targeting African Americans? ”
Again, he lied, saying, “no.”
Sunday, Parscale barricaded himself inside his Ft. Lauderdale home with an arsenal of weapons claiming that he would kill himself. A friend of his who is an officer ultimately got him to come out and he was taken to the hospital. Police records show an unfortunate history of spousal abuse. Trump allies have blamed Democrats.
See the documents below:
— David Carroll 🦅 (@profcarroll) September 28, 2020
Trump’s New Coronavirus Advisor Is a Junk Science Promoting Fox News Guest Who Calls Not Opening Schools ‘Hysteria’
President Donald Trump has just hired another adviser to the President, a medical doctor who frequently appears on Fox News, has been an advisor to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, and calls the movement to not re-open schools “hysteria.”
Dr. Scott Atlas is also the physician press secretary Kayleigh McEnany quoted when she made her infamous remarks, saying, “science should not stand in the way” of re-opening schools.
CNN reports that “unlike the government’s medical experts who have advised Trump until now,” Dr. Atlas “has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to Trump’s.”
Trump told reporters earlier this week that Atlas is “working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus.”
“And he has many great ideas. And he thinks what we’ve done is really good, and now we’ll take it to a new level.”
Telling Trump what he’s done is really good and adopting a public stance much closer to the president’s seems to be a prerequisite to getting a White House job in this administration.
But if all that weren’t enough, Atlas has been “pushing for the resumption of college sports.”
CNN notes that President Trump “first noticed Atlas on Fox News, where he asserted it doesn’t matter ‘how many cases’ there are in the US, wrongly claimed those under 18 years old have ‘essentially no risk of dying,’ implied teachers who are at high risk for contracting Covid-19 should ‘know how to protect themselves,’ baselessly claimed ‘children almost never transmit the disease’ and without evidence blamed a rise in cases in southern states on protests and border crossings.”
Just five weeks ago San Diego’s KUSI reported Dr. Atlas is a “a critic of the fear mongering tactics health officials have been using when it comes to reporting data from the coronavirus pandemic.”
Atlas pushed back “against a recent model from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation that projects over 134,000 Americans will die of COVID-19 by August 4th.”
Dr. Atlas said “we should look at the evidence. We don’t need to rely on hypothetical projections.”
He was correct – the projections were wrong. The actual death totals were much higher. One week later, the U.S. death toll now stands at 168,417.
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