Thursday, July 27, 2017

Family Research Council deluding itself, spinning lies about Trump's disastrous ban

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins

This afternoon featured more incompetence from Donald Trump and chaos over his tweeted ban of transgender men and women serving in the military.

And one fact came into focus. It was something we all suspected and now it is official. When Trump tweeted that he consulted with generals and military experts before the ban, he was lying through his teeth.

You don't have to believe my word.

According to CNN:

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, including chairman General Joseph Dunford, were not aware President Donald Trump planned to tweet a ban on transgender service members, three US defense officials told CNN -- the latest indication that top military leaders across all four service branches were blindsided by the President's announcement. For now, Dunford has informed service members that there will be "no modifications to the current policy until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidelines." "In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect," Dunford wrote in a memo to the military that was obtained by CNN. "As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions."

You read that last part right. For now, there will be no ban.

Politico reiterated this point:

Dunford's message was seconded later in the day by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' chief spokeswoman. "The Department of Defense is awaiting formal guidance from the White House as a follow-up to the commander in chief's announcement on military service by transgender personnel," Dana White said. "We will provide detailed guidance to the department in the near future for how this policy change will be implemented. "ThedDepartment will continue to focus on our mission of defending our nation and ongoing operations against our foes, while ensuring all service members are treated with respect," she added. The Pentagon's position underscored how the military, like legal experts, does not consider the president's social media pronouncements policy.

That's the real world. In the fake world created by the religious right, groups like the Family Research Council continue to make Trump look like the second coming of John Wayne while omitting his incredible incompetence.

News Brief Special - Transgender troop ban shaping up to be another monumental disaster for Trump

James Corden Rips Donald Trump’s Trans Military Ban In The Most Musical Way - See above

Joint Chiefs: No change in transgender policy until Trump sends Pentagon direction - In other words, no ban as of yet. Why? Because you DO NOT make Armed Force policy through a tweet!!!! Proving yet again, as Anderson Cooper did yesterday in a must see video, Trump lied about consulting with generals before making that awful policy.

OnPolitics Today: Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips cost more than trans soldiers' health care - Speaking of another distortion Trump made in his tweet regarding costs . . . 

  Watch a transgender former Navy SEAL explain the disruption Trump's military ban on trans service members will have on the military - Damn right. 

American Medical Association Says Military Trans Ban Isn’t ‘Medically Valid’ - PREACH!!!!!!!

Transgender Airman Defies Trump: ‘Try To Kick Me Out Of My Military’ - Two snaps up! 

The Daily 202: Growing GOP backlash to transgender troop ban underscores Trump’s political miscalculation - Yep! Even the GOP is pissed. 

Trump's trans military ban eschews years of research in favor of junk science from a hate group - Dear sadity, blase, snobby, cliquey Beltway media journalists, the Family Research Council is a hate group because of crap like this. So what if the group doesn't outright call for the deaths of the LGBTQ community. Their lies and distortions undermine our lives and create chaos such as this. 

Editor's note - My eyes and ears are open about other issues and problems, such as Trumpcare and the situation regarding the Texas legislature and its attack on the trans community. However, I feel that Trump's attack on our trans men and women in the military is right now the singular shining example of all of the lies, distortions, and scurrilous behind-the-scenes maneuvering which got him elected and is now creating monsters we are having to fight. It is also a perfect example of the astounding incompetence of the fool who is now situated in the White House.

 Stay awake about EVERYTHING.