On July 26, 2017, out of the blue, President Donald Trump in a series of tweets falsely claiming he had consulted with his generals, announced all transgender service members would be kicked out of the U.S.
Armed Forces. There was no legitimate basis for the Commander-in-Chief’s decision, no scientific basis, no financial basis, and indeed, doing so would have stripped America’s military of some of its experts.
As NCRM reported, the nation later learned the abrupt announcement was done after urgings from far-right wing extremists including Ginni Thomas, anti-LGBTQ hate group head Tony Perkins.
then-Congressman Mark Meadows who would later become Trump’s White House chief of staff, and Vice President Mike Pence. Just days after entering the White House, President Joe Biden reversed Trump’s discriminatory and baseless ban.