Richard Shelby

Trump's transgender military ban: Wrong on politics, policy and principle

Trump's transgender military ban: Wrong on politics, policy and principle

Our view: The president’s tweets kicking openly transgender people out of the military are unbecoming of a commander in chief

President Donald Trump’s announcement-by-tweet that he will not allow transgender men and women to serve in the armed forces in any capacity was not about costs or military readiness. It was about bigotry and a willingness to put political expediency above respect for those who volunteer to sacrifice their lives for their country.

The decision to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military is a recent one and reflected the years-long evolution of the Obama administration toward full recognition that desire and ability...

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