Trump spurred to act by generals, by facts

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Trump tweet on transgendersA military watchdog is adding her name to the chorus of conservative activists cheering President Trump's decision to ban transgenders from military service – as is a pro-family activist who works to expose the truth about homosexuality.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday morning, @realDonaldTrump rolled back one of President Barack Obama's most egregious policies related to social engineering in the military. "After consultation with my generals and military experts," the president tweeted, "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." The president also said the military cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical cost and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. military will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has received President Trump's "direction" to change the policy
and figured out how to implement it.
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Sen. Ernst breaks with Trump

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For the most part, conservative Republicans went along with President Trump's decision to keep transgender men and women out of the military – with one surprising exception: Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a 23-year military veteran and the first female combat veteran to be elected to the U.S. Senate.


Ernst has been a stalwart, pro-family advocate in her short three years in the U.S. Senate, garnering a 100-percent score from the Family Research Council. So it was a bit of a surprise when she broke with the president when he tweeted out that the military was now closed to transgender personnel:

"She believes what is most important is making sure service members can meet the physical training standards, and the willingness to defend our freedoms and way of life," Ernst spokeswoman Brook Hougesen wrote in an email to the Des Moines Register. "While she believes taxpayers shouldn't cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity."

Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa's Family Leader says Ernst may be basing her views on her personal experience.

Vander Plaats

"My guess what she's saying is if a transgender person has proven themselves to be ready for combat, ready to defend this country, ready to do all the things that we require any other military personnel or soldier, they should be permitted the ability to serve," he tells OneNewsNow. "My guess is that's the line she's trying to walk."

And Vander Plaats points out that Ernst and the president do agree that American taxpayers shouldn't be footing the bill for the expensive medical procedures transgender folks need to maintain their false gender.

"[They're both saying] we're not going to mess around with social agendas," the family advocate paraphrases. "We're going to make sure this country is ready to defeat ISIS, protect our country, and protect our freedoms."

Vander Plaats also notes that former President Obama, who opened the military up to LGBT individuals, used the military as a social petri dish – and it didn't turn out well.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, offers her reaction.


"Looking from afar, it appears that the President of the United States did talk to those military leaders," she says. "And they must have just very systematically shown him why this would be harmful to military readiness and mission accomplishment. And if you look at the directives that were put in place by the previous administration, you can understand why."

Donnelly argues that the Obama transgender policy was very demoralizing to service members, particularly females.

"Women in the military have said that they don't want their private areas to be exposed to persons of the opposite sex – and [have been told] if they don't like it [that] it's their problem, not the transgender person's problem," says Donnelly.

"I think the realization sunk in that this is not going to help morale or readiness and [that] maybe we shouldn't be doing this," she adds.

Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader says military brass, including the generals Trump consulted with before making the decision, say having people with gender dysphoria serving openly with healthy troops has been bad on morale.

"There is research to point to that the transgender movement, transgenders in the military, definitely disrupt unit cohesion," he states.

According to a recent poll, only 23 percent of voters think Obama's policy of "allowing openly transgendered individuals to serve is good for the military." And only 12 percent of active duty soldiers felt this radical policy has helped military readiness.

Peter LaBarbera, founder and president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, is elated Trump has pulled the plug on transgender military service.

LaBarbera, Peter"This news is so good I can't remember feeling this good about public policy in so long because the Republicans are usually such wimps – and here we have a bold action by a Republican leader. What a concept!" he exclaims.

The LGBT lobby, says LaBarbera, thought they had a permanent victory when Obama announced his policy.

"So I say kudos to Trump," he continues. "Congratulations for actually getting the pulse of the military [and] reversing this insane policy whereby women were being taught in Army training courses that they needed to shower, bunk, and go to the bathroom in the same [facilities] as gender-confused biological males. That's insanity."


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