Donald Trump is an expert at stirring up controversy. His latest move, however, may even end up rubbing some of his fellow Republicans the wrong way.
Through a series of early morning tweets, Trump unveiled his refurbished military policy. Under Trump’s new rules, transgender people will not be “accepted” or “allowed” to serve in the United States military.
Trump justified his decision by stating transgender troops would “burden” their fellow service men/women with “tremendous medical costs” and “disruption.”
Trump’s decision came after a brief consultation with anonymous generals and “military experts.” His executive decision even caught some of his officials off guard. In June, the Trump administration prolonged a definitive decision about allowing transgender military recruits. During this time, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis ordered for his officials to analyze the impacts that transgender service members have on their peers.
Mattis himself considers the military as a force of unification, not division.
Trump’s decision was met with passionate backlash. Perhaps none more powerful than retired Navy Seal Team 6 veteran and proud transgender individual, Kristin Beck. The Purple Heart Recipient’s message for our Commander in Chief was simply, “Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy.” The 20-year Navy Seal veteran added, “Transgender doesn’t matter. Do your service.”
Beck is the first of many anticipated backlashers to attempt to change the President's mind over this matter.