2020 Dems condemn Trump administration's transgender military policy

Several Democrats running for the party’s 2020 nomination on Friday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court rules Trump admin can temporarily continue to send asylum seekers back to Mexico Federal investigation finds rampant sexual harassment at company led by Trump nominee: report Booker on Trump reportedly floating pardon for border official: ‘That should shake every American’ MORE‘s new policy prohibiting transgender troops from serving in the military unless they serve under their biological sex. 

The controversial measure, which ends the previous policy under former President Obama allowing transgender people to serve openly, went into effect on Friday.

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Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGeorgetown students vote overwhelmingly to approve fee for slavery reparations Two dozen Dem senators urge Trump to extend nuclear treaty with Russia 2020 Dems condemn Trump administration’s transgender military policy MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker on Trump reportedly floating pardon for border official: ‘That should shake every American’ Georgetown students vote overwhelmingly to approve fee for slavery reparations Two dozen Dem senators urge Trump to extend nuclear treaty with Russia MORE (N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems defend Omar amid Trump criticism Biden, Warren and Sanders express support for striking Stop & Shop workers Georgetown students vote overwhelmingly to approve fee for slavery reparations MORE (Mass.), as well as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg on Pence: ‘I’m not critical of his faith, I’m critical of bad policies’ 2020 Dems condemn Trump administration’s transgender military policy Editor says there’s less cohesion on the religious left than there is on the religious right MORE, were among those who spoke out against the measure on Twitter, with many of them calling it a ban. 

The Pentagon denies the policy, a revamped version of a stricter one unveiled earlier, is a ban.

The department argues currently serving transgender service members or anyone who has already signed an enlistment contract can continue to serve openly, and point to the carveouts for transgender people willing to serve under their biological sex.

But the policy has been opposed by most Democrats.

“To the transgender Americans who serve in our Armed Forces: You deserve better,” Harris wrote on Friday. “We stand with you in opposing Trump’s reprehensible, vile, and discriminatory ban.”

To the transgender Americans who serve in our Armed Forces:

You deserve better.

We stand with you in opposing Trump’s reprehensible, vile, and discriminatory ban.https://t.co/jAYb8EnnJB

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 12, 2019

“The #TransMilitaryBan must be defeated. To the thousands of transgender patriots serving in our military, we are so grateful for your service and will fight this ban with you,” Booker wrote. “Make no mistake: an attack on the transgender community is an attack on us all.” 

The #TransMilitaryBan must be defeated. To the thousands of transgender patriots serving in our military, we are so grateful for your service and will fight this ban with you.
Make no mistake: an attack on the transgender community is an attack on us all. https://t.co/CKAErfvR98

— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) April 12, 2019

Buttigieg, who is a veteran, encouraged his followers to “ask how we could stand for courageous service members to have their careers destroyed by a president who pretended to be disabled in order to avoid serving when it was his turn,” referring to Trump’s five draft deferments during the Vietnam war due to bone spurs. 

Read this story and ask how we could stand for courageous service members to have their careers destroyed by a president who pretended to be disabled in order to avoid serving when it was his turn. As of today, this is not theoretical. https://t.co/JhY5x6Tzp3

— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 12, 2019 

“Let me be very clear: If someone can handle the job, they should be allowed to serve—regardless of how they identify or who they love,”  Warren tweeted. “We’ll stand with service members and fight this cruelty with everything we’ve got.”

Let me be very clear: If someone can handle the job, they should be allowed to serve—regardless of how they identify or who they love. We’ll stand with service members and fight this cruelty with everything we’ve got. https://t.co/cKPBglSBrG

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 12, 2019

Other Democratic presidential candidates who denounced the policy change include Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandTwo dozen Dem senators urge Trump to extend nuclear treaty with Russia 2020 Dems condemn Trump administration’s transgender military policy Julián Castro: Presidential candidates should be required to release tax returns MORE (N.Y.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Dems condemn Trump administration’s transgender military policy Dems offer bill directing IRS to create free online tax filing service The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump cleaning house on border security MORE (Ohio)

Our troops deserve a Commander in Chief who fights for them as fiercely as they fight for this country. President Trump’s transgender military ban, taking effect today, proves he fails that standard. As president I will end this. https://t.co/Ddn3PFWugY

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 12, 2019

To the transgender troops who proudly serve our country every day: this fight isn’t over and we will continue to stand with you to oppose this discriminatory ban. #TransMilitaryBan #FightTheBan #OneNationOneDestinyhttps://t.co/0xnVwaHTfy

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) April 12, 2019

Trump’s #TransMilitaryBan goes into effect today. It’s backward, discriminatory, and downright hateful. If you can do the job, you should be able to serve. Period. #ProtectTransTroops

— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) April 12, 2019

 

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