Why the transgender military ban?

Nice explanation in Politico, actually:

After a week sparring with his attorney general and steaming over the Russia investigation consuming his agenda, President Donald Trump was closing in on an important win.

House Republicans were planning to pass a spending bill stacked with his campaign promises, including money to build his border wall with Mexico.

But an internal House Republican fight over transgender troops was threatening to blow up the bill. And House GOP insiders feared they might not have the votes to pass the legislation because defense hawks wanted a ban on Pentagon-funded sex reassignment operations — something GOP leaders wouldn’t give them.

They turned to Trump, who didn’t hesitate. In the flash of a tweet, he announced that transgender troops would be banned altogether.

Trump’s sudden decision was, in part, a last-ditch attempt to save a House proposal full of his campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat, numerous congressional and White House sources said…

The president’s directive, of course, took the House issue a step beyond paying for gender reassignment surgery and other medical treatment. House Republicans were never debating expelling all transgender troops from the military.

“This is like someone told the White House to light a candle on the table and the WH set the whole table on fire,” said one senior House Republican aide. The source said that while GOP leaders asked the White House for help, they weren’t expecting — and got no heads up on — Trump’s far-reaching directive. [emphasis mine]

Oh, and also, they think they always win on culture war stuff (they don’t), so why not just trans people under the bus.  And, I’m sure I’ll have more later on the fact that it’s just stupid to kick people out of the military who are doing a good job serving their country.  Ugh.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Why the transgender military ban?

  1. Nicole K says:

    That bill had 0.0 future in the senate, so why would it be important to Trump? They can pass all the nutty far right crap they want in the House, but it goes nowhere.

    Also, if gender surgery is covered by virtually all non-military health insurance (fyi bcbsnc covers hormones, facial feminization surgery, breast augmentation surgery, and also the various procedures for below the waist. The only limitation is a requirement that you have support of Dr, therapist, and have lived in the role of desired gender for at least a year without reverting to old gender.) why would it be different for people serving in the military?

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