Donald Trump’s recent announcement about transgender people joining the military sparked outrage from the left.
Now, the president is pushing back with one of his first statements about the issue since he announced the widespread policy change.
While visiting his country club in New Jersey, Trump spoke out about his decision to ban transgender individuals from the military, and defended against accusations that he’s an enemy of LGBT people.
“I have great respect for the community,” he stated, according to The Blaze.
“I think I’ve had great support, or I’ve had great support from that community. I got a lot of votes,” the president continued.
The commander in chief then explained why he believed the decision was the right call — and why he thinks transgender service should never have even been an issue for the United States military. The military is made to fight wars and destroy the nation’s enemies, not to engage in social engineering projects.
“It’s been a very complicated issue for the military, it’s been a very confusing issue for the military, and I think I’m doing the military a great favor,” Trump elaborated.
Saying he did the military a “favor” won’t go down well with the liberals — and might even shock some in the mainstream media — but the facts bear him out.
A timeline of the transgender enlistment issue seems to back up Trump’s stance that the topic was “confusing” for military brass.
Up until the final year of the Obama administration, transgender applicants were barred from the armed forces. The military essentially ran a test to gauge the results of a more liberal policy.
However, service branches requested a six-month delay before rolling out the red carpet to transgender applicants. That extension suggests that military decision makers were unsure about how to proceed, and faced unanticipated problems during the test period.
Trump’s statement about doing the military a favor may not be popular with liberals, but his point might be valid. Instead of pressuring generals and admirals to force a cultural change on an institution that has more important objectives, the president made a top-level decision.
That move took pressure off the military to solve the complex problem, and allowed it to focus on it’s core mission: Fighting and winning wars.
In other words, Trump clearly knew that he would take heat for the decision, but decided that it was better for him to face the wrath of perpetually enraged social justice warriors than for the military to be burdened with distracting drama.
The simple fact is that countless policies are already in place that limit who can enter the military, and where they can serve. Somebody with terrible vision can’t demand to be a fighter pilot, nor can somebody with, say, bipolar disorder or anorexia be guaranteed an Army Ranger tab.
Transgender issues are a complex mix of physical, psychological, and social challenges.
It’s possible to wish fellow human beings well as they deal with gender dysphoria or a transgender transition, while also acknowledging that the military facing the prospect of war is not the right place for them.
Trump may not have won liberal points for making that tough call, but he was most likely right.
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