by Cassy Fiano | August 3, 2017 12:28 pm
Donald Trump announced that transgender Americans would not be allowed to serve in the military. And while most Americans applauded the policy, liberals lost their minds, making nonsensical comparisons to Viagra and whining about how unfair it is. But it seems that the military overwhelmingly supports the measure, including retired generals, who thanked him for it.
A letter was delivered to Trump, signed by half a dozen retired generals and admirals expressing their gratitude for his decision on transgender service members.
“We write today to express our gratitude to you for making the extremely courageous decision to reverse President (Barack) Obama’s transgender social experiment,” the letter read. “There may be an enormous amount of vitriol directed at you for making this policy correction, but please know that overturning this policy may have done more in the long-term to save the culture and war-fighting capacity of the U.S. military than perhaps any other military policy you will adopt as president.”
Trump initially announced the decision on Twitter, writing, “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.” This immediately infuriated liberals, who pointed out that Viagra costs the Department of Defense millions of dollars — but they failed to realize that the military does not exist to provide healthcare for transgender Americans. It’s not an issue just of cost, but of military readiness as well.
The retired generals also added that “allowing transgender individuals to enlist would attract those persons who hope to have taxpayers pay for their ‘transitioning,’ including hormone replacement therapies and elective surgeries.” So rather than recruiting those who want to serve their country, the military could find itself inundated with people looking to get their transition to another gender covered under the government dime.
“DoD guidelines require that those serving in the military be ‘medically adaptable to the military environment without the necessity of geographic area limitations’,” the letter continued. “However, both hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery result in the need for specialized medical care which will not be available in all geographic locations.”
One of the signers was retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, who also tweeted about the decision:
Focus on #military readiness not #socialexperiments. The job of an #army is to fight wars and win wars. #transgender #trump @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/bMnD8QCRkO
— LTG Jerry Boykin (@GenBoykin) July 26, 2017
In addition to the reaction from the retired generals, polls show that most Americans also support Trump’s ban:
Only 23% of U.S. voters think the military's decision to allow openly transgender people to serve is good for the military. @Rasmussen_Poll pic.twitter.com/ODTV0loQAQ
— FRC (@FRCdc) July 26, 2017
Do you think transgender Americans should be allowed to serve?
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