The Real Reason Trump Banned Transgender People

The campaign version of Donald Trump said he would "fight for the LGBT community".

He even said he would fight harder for them than Hillary Clinton!

"Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs."

Surprise, surprise! The campaign version of Donald Trump was lying.

In a series of tweets yesterday - 69 years to the day after Harry Truman integrated the armed forces - Donald Trump claimed that "after consultation with his Generals", he had decided that transgender Americans will "no longer serve in any capacity in the U.S. military".

His justification?

"The tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail":

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you"

So the RAND corporation recently conducted a study of transgender integration into the military, and found that it would cost at a maximum $8.4 million annually - an amount that [would] have little impact on and represents an exceedingly small proportion of... overall DoD health care expenditures".

For the record, the military spends about $84 million every year on erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra.

Is this really about stigmatizing transgender Americans so Trump can shore up his support from the American Taliban for 2018?

According to Politico, Trump did this to ensure that some hard right congressmen support the defense funding bill, which put forward money for his wall.


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stephensolomita 3 years 2 weeks ago

The piece in Politco is persuasive, but it might simple be that Trump wants to pacify a base up in arms over Trump's treatment of Jeff Sessions, or it may be the usual: Trump just wants attention and being outrageous is one way to obtain it. The biggest news here is not news at all. Trump belief in his own greatness allows thim to sacrifice any individual or princle to that greatness. The man suffers from a recognized mental ilness found in the DSM. Narcissistic perosnality disorder.

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stopgap 3 years 2 weeks ago

I would say the real reason is: That there is not a more rotten, lying, hypocritical, immoral, treasonous, backstabbing, misogynist, bigoted, corrupt piece of garbage than Donald Jackoff Trump that has ever stunk up the White House. But that's just my opinion.

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hummbaby 3 years 2 weeks ago

Just another attempt to create more CHAOS--to distract from that "little tRUMP/Putin thing"!

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hummbaby 3 years 2 weeks ago

Just another attempt to create more CHAOS--to distract from that "little tRUMP/Putin thing"!

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GranMaggie1 3 years 2 weeks ago

Just curious! this was another set of tweets, and I'm wondering when do policies get changed via tweets, or does it take more action by the agencies, that plan for any policy changes?

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changeX 3 years 2 weeks ago

I read somewhere that his golfing escapades, to Mar-a-Laga alone, cost the taxpayers more than having transgender in the military cost.

Most likely, the more he points his fingers, blames others, and discriminates is directly proportional to how unhappy his is with himself, his success or lack thereof, and his surroundings.

I can only hope that this is not his angry old man "get off my lawn moment" before he goes berserk.

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Mystic 3 years 2 weeks ago

If what I read is correct, the Generals that Drumph "Consulted" were caught totally off guard by this announcment, and none said they had been consulted. They learned about it at the same time as the rest of us. Perhaps Drumph consulted the Generals "In his Dreams". Perhaps he thought we wouldn't notice due to "LIE FATIGUE"!'s picture
randolphgarriso... 3 years 2 weeks ago

The biggest reason is to provide a smoke screen to prevent any media coverage of the questioning of Steve Brannon about Russian gate.

The rest is just smoke and mirrors.

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2950-10K 3 years 2 weeks ago

Mystic, Crooked Donny only consulted with General Bannon and General Pence on this one....sure smells like it.

Seriously though the real reason he's obsessed with the god damn wall is just to placate his foxmerized base. This is about gullible citizens willing to accept any validation tossed their way by a man who is going to kill their health insurance in order to give a massive tax break to an extremely wealthy few.

Trump knows he can't keep any campaign promises, he never intended to, so he uses crap like his fake/useless wall to delude his base.

Scotty11 3 years 2 weeks ago

The Wall? Now there might be a rallying cry come 2020...'Vote for me and I'll tear down that wall'...

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Icanthinkformyself 3 years 2 weeks ago

With TrumpWealthCare going down in flames His Orangness' snowflake ego needed a massage. He also needed some red meat to throw to the rabid right base . That, and all else said, trying to fathom the dark depths of his miind is a fools errand.

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jibaro01 3 years 2 weeks ago

Interesting. I though that the cost of the medical treatments to control hormones and to get plastic surgery needed to change sex would have been higher than you mention here. What's more, it's surprising that the military spends so much in Viagra.

There's an additional cost that you don't mention. There is the cost of separation in the barracks. Right now they have separate facilities for men and women. Having people with all kinds of sexual preferences and behavior would also require some kind of separation to eliminate friction between soldiers.

When I was in the military, there were homosexuals among the troops. Not many but they were there but they behaved more or less like the rest of the guys so there was very little, if any, friction. Today, I don't know if that would be true since some homosexuals and others like to dramatize and to rub their preferences on other people's faces. I think it would be difficult sharing the barracks with people like that.

The most chocking thing I saw in the service were two marines eating each other up in a bar. It surprise me because they were very open about it when they were in their civies about town but it was not obvious when they were in uniform.

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Dianereynolds 3 years 2 weeks ago

With special note to #2

Thanks to you malcontent leftie socialists, since the election of president Trump, my stock in P&G the makers of Pepto-bismol is up about 9%.

Now I need to research the charts of public conpanies that make dental implants because I am sure as this continues most of you will have no teeth left to chew your kale and sunflower dinner salads.

Thank you once again for making my morning a bit brighter and fatten my 401k at the same time.

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PhilfromOhio 3 years 2 weeks ago

Diane, I am sure that Donald stays awake a night worrying about your 401K. "You're so vain." Actually, it's a surprise that anyone in the Whitie House gets any sleep with the stench that is everpresent in the oval office these days.

I am sure he will have a fan club after he is shown the door, after all even Charles Manson has one. Maybe you could put your best Republican smile on and try out for chapter head dragon of your local Trump oval bat cave. Mind your step, there will be a lot of guano in there as well.

Have a blessed afternoon.

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deepspace 3 years 2 weeks ago

"Then that goddamn FAKE media had to splash pictures everywhere of that black sonofabitch, has-been president thanking his supporters for defeating Republicans and Trumpcare. FU! I'm the president now! And my crowd size is bigger! More than 140 characters? FU2! And all those little boy scout bastards! Reince Priebus, Sen. Grassley, and Gen. Dunford Jr. too! Ef em all! Poor sick people, my ass! Democrats and Hillary voters! Banning fags should put me at the center of attention again." @tRump

-- Leaked tweet storm
("Not sent; battery died; thank god" -- R. Priebus).

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Dianereynolds 3 years 2 weeks ago

Merry Christmas Ou812

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changeX 3 years 2 weeks ago

jibaro01 I'm sure that you mean well, and thank you for you service to the country.

In #12 you describe your Heterosexual drama, rubbing your sexuality onto others.

It sure was nice of those guys not minding having a bunch of heterosexuals, some probably a little goofy, in their way. And they probably never complained about the drama and friction caused by all the other Heterosexuals. World Wars for example.

Weird how you had your eye on those guys, maybe a little jealous even?

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