An advocate for military readiness says Senator Corey Booker's recent comments on transgender military clearly make him unqualified to occupy the Oval Office.
Speaking to a crowd of 300 loyal Democrats Sunday night in Davenport, Iowa, the New Jersey senator – one of more than a dozen Democrats who have declared their candidacy for the party's presidential nomination – said he would reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military if elected president:
Booker: "When I am president of the United States, right away I will end this ridiculous, insulting, un-American ban on transgender Americans serving in the military."
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, disagrees with the crowd that cheered the senator's statement. She contends that Booker's couching of the issue reveals his incompetency for the highest office in America.
"If Senator Booker thinks that this is only a civil rights issue, that he wants to try to appeal to a political base, it just shows that he is really not qualified to be commander in chief," she tells OneNewsNow.
"In fact," she continues, "I doubt that any of the candidates that we've seen so far would be wise enough and prepared enough to be commander in chief to agree that President Trump did the right thing on this policy."
Booker is playing politics with a very serious issue, Donnelly adds.
"We all have concern about people who are confused about gender identity. They certainly deserve compassion and competent medical care," she shares. "But to turn something like this – a serious psychological condition, one that has a high risk of suicide – into a political issue is a big mistake."
Donnelly says even though the 2020 presidential election is quite far off, people should begin now to ask questions about this policy.