Just when we thought he couldn’t do anything else to shock the world, Trump has revealed that he will be banning all transgender people from joining the US military in ‘all capacities’.
This decision is one of many that have been passed to deplete the advancements made in civil rights, LGBTQ and women’s rights since Trump’s administration came to power.
The main reason, as stated by Trump for the ban, can be put down to money and funding, as transgender people apparently place the US military under an overwhelming financial pressure to fund their medical needs.
There are currently 15,000 transgender people serving in the US military in all sectors, all are planned to be removed as soon as the bill is passed.
The US military have been seen to ignore the statements, which were only made over twitter, claiming that no action will be taken until the bills are officially passed.
The ban has understandably sparked outrage across America and the rest of the world, as people call for support for all troops, including those of the transgender community.
Several celebrities have also spoke out against the ban, with actor and comedian Seth Rogan commenting that Ivanka Trump might not be sure of the meaning of the ‘LGBTQ letters’, as she promised to uphold the community in June of this year.
Trump’s decision even apparently shocked Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who stated that they only found out about the bill over twitter.
Further reports from both America and UK newspapers have simply referred to the bill as deeply saddening, as the movement is a step backwards for the LGBTQ community.
Trump’s plans are deemed as even more ludicrous as the Independent has revealed that the US military spend ‘five times as much on Viagra as it would on transition-related medical care’, revealing that the financial reasons for Trump’s decision were simply covering his own personal opinion towards the transgender community.
So, Trump is continuing his dismantling of a progressive America, with the banning of transgender people from the military one of the many moves to send America backwards instead of forward.