A national defense analyst is praising President Trump's decision to ban transgendered individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the armed forces – and a constitutional attorney predicts any legal action against it would have a difficult case to prove.
"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."
He then further tweeted:
"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."
Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council. He says it's about time common sense comes to the Pentagon and stops traveling a path "paved [with] political correctness."
"We had under the Obama administration this silliness with regard to transgenders, which was going to [potentially] cost us billions of dollars ... per year with no return on our investment," he states. "So it is time to get a fresh look at everything that the Obama silliness has brought the Pentagon."
The Pentagon advisor argues that it's going to be difficult for left-wing court challenges.
"There's no law in question here," Maginnis tells OneNewsNow. "Under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, the rules and regulations regarding men and women serving in the armed forces is a requirement of the Congress to make those decisions."
And that means, according to Maginnis, that until Congress enacts a law that disagrees with the policy, the exclusion will continue.
Matt Barber, founder of Barbwire.com and a constitutional attorney, expects lawsuits as a result of the president's decision. But he points out federal law doesn't protect individuals suffering from a mental disorder that causes them to believe they are the opposite sex.
"There are no federal protections or real-case precedent that would equate so-called 'gender identity' with neutral qualities such as skin color [or] a person's actual biological sex," he states. "In fact, it's very clear under Title VII [that] the legislative intent was that 'sex' means 'sex' – either male or female from a biological standpoint."
Barber contends the Obama administration edict overturned today was a political statement ignoring the best interests of the military.
"The whole notion of gender is a leftist, false construct," he maintains. "It's not rooted in science – it's rooted in a radical LGBT political agenda; and this president evidently is having none of that, at least in terms of the United States military."
The constitutional attorney says ultimately what's needed is an order returning the military to the pre-"don't ask, don't tell" era.
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