On Wednesday morning, President Trump dropped a bombshell on Twitter when he declared that the U.S. Military would not be accepting any transgender recruits at any point in the future, a walk-back from an Obama-era decision that was meant to take place in June.

President Trump said that allowing trans Americans to join the military would be nothing more than an expensive distraction from the military’s mission, a deeply uneducated and ignorant statement.



Trump’s announcement is in line with recent opinion from the Department of Defense which placed an Obama-era plan to integrate trans recruits in the military beginning in June. Mattis delayed that plan, saying that the DoD needed more time to evaluate whether the plan was an effective one.

Congressional Republicans cheered the decision to delay and said that the rule should be ended altogether – an opinion that President Trump apparently shares.

As is so often the case, it is likely that Trump’s series of tweets on the subject are not based in reality, or prior conversations with the Pentagon. Though the delay was put into place by the department, does Trump’s statement carry any actual weight?

Regardless, those who oppose integrating trans recruits into the military now know where the President stands – firmly on the side of ignorance and prejudice.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com