President Donald Trump gave liberals something to scream about on Wednesday when he announced that he is barring transgender people from serving in any capacity in the U.S. military.
Shortly after the announcement was released on Twitter, a staff attorney at the ACLU made a statement of its own.
Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & HIV Project, issued the following statement on the ACLU website:
“This is an outrageous and desperate action. The thousands of transgender service members serving on the front lines for this country deserve better than a commander-in-chief who rejects their basic humanity.
Let us be clear. This has been studied extensively, and the consensus is clear: There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country. The president is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country.
There is no basis for turning trans people away from our military and the ACLU is examining all of our options on how to fight this. For any trans service member affected by today’s announcement: Please get in touch with us, because we want to hear from you.”
The president used a series of tweets to make his announcement. Here is how it reads as a whole:
“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.”
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