Following Wednesday’s bombshell tweet from the president regarding transgender persons being banned from serving in the military, Caitlyn Jenner is speaking out.
As an Olympic gold medalist whose transgender drama played out before the American public in 2015, the former male athlete spoke against President Trump’s announcement banning transgender individuals from military service.
Caitlyn Jenner, who was born Bruce Jenner, feels that the ban breaks the president’s promise to fight for the LGBT community. In a tweet, Jenner wrote:
“There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?”
There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them? https://t.co/WzjypVC8Sr
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 26, 2017
A link in Jenner’s tweet connects to a June 2016 tweet by Donald Trump that read:
“Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
Under the Obama administration, in June 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter noted that, according to a RAND study estimate, 2,500 active-duty service members might be transgender and said transgender people could openly serve in the armed forces.
Trump’s Wednesday tweet says the decision to exclude transgender people from serving comes after consulting with “generals and military experts.”
“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,” Trump concluded in his multi-part tweet.
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