Donald Trump has revealed that transgender people cannot serve in any capacity in the United States military.
He revealed this in a series of tweets moments ago.
Donald Trump tweeted last year that he will support the LGBT community.
The Obama administration had allowed for transgenders to serve in the military but a lot of Republicans were against the move. The Independent Rand Corporation estimated in 2016 that 2,450 of the 1.2 million active-duty service members are transgender.
Many have gone on Twitter to voice their concerns.
The Transgender suicide rate is 40%. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for someone who is transgender to read Donald Trump’s tweets today.
— Denizcan Targaryen (@MrFilmkritik) July 26, 2017
Donald Trump is an embarrassment to this country.
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) July 26, 2017
I grew up in a military w/ LGBT people serving in the shadows. We can’t let DT turn back the clock on our brave, trans soldiers. #RISEUP
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) July 26, 2017
Peter Thiel, Caitlyn Jenner, and all the other LGBT Republicans who supported Trump should be ashamed of themselves.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 26, 2017
Donald Trump is a coward for choosing to announce this through Twitter, but we all knew that.
— JamesMichael Nichols (@JMN) July 26, 2017
transgender people show more courage when they leave their fucking houses in the morning than donald trump has shown his entire life
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) July 26, 2017
Every single trans person is braver than Donald Trump
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) July 26, 2017
Let me get this straight: Donald Trump won’t let trans people who want to serve in the military but dodged service 5 times himself? Ok cool.
— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) July 26, 2017
In 2016, reports surfaced that the Pentagon planned to repeal its ban on transgender members but military leaders submitted a request asking that it be delayed for six months.