One of President Donald Trump's most discriminatory policies came within the first six months of his presidency.
Trump tweeted suddenly that transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the military, claiming the healthcare costs were too much of a burden.
Those costs are estimated at up to nine million dollars—or three trips to Mar-a-Lago—of the 600+ billion dollar defense budget.
In case you need a refresher:
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1501073758.0
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1501074279.0
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1501074501.0
The policy blindsided Defense Department officials and led to legal wrangling for years before ultimately being permitted to take effect by the Supreme Court.
Now, fierce Trump ally Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is claiming that neither he nor the President are the kind of Republicans who support banning LGBTQ people from entities or organizations.
Gaetz made the claim in his appearance on The View last week, where he said, "It is a good thing in this country that we do not ban gay people from serving in the military."
That's when a co-host quipped:
"Just transgender people."
"Well we shouldn't be banning anybody based on who they are or who they love. That's not the kind of Republican I am and it's not the kind of Republican the President is."
On The View @RepMattGaetz claims that he and Trump "are not the kind of Republicans" to ban transgender people from… https://t.co/x1yJoRh5Vl— Alex Paterson (@Alex Paterson)1582235548.0
Not only was the President behind the ban, but Gaetz commended him for the decision.
This is the right thing to do! https://t.co/mqypAtwtH9— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1501075551.0
Thankfully, people saw past Gaetz's sanctimonious performance of tolerance.
🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/W3WMWWHoGG— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford)1582236094.0
@AlexPattyy @JasonSCampbell @RepMattGaetz The only correct response to that is to tell him he’s lying, cut his mic, and go to commercial.— 🧔🏻 𝐑𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐝 🆘 (@🧔🏻 𝐑𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐝 🆘)1582236263.0
@AlexPattyy @AlexMorash @RepMattGaetz Nor stand for the state discrimination employment and housing ban. I assume… https://t.co/G9kslxjx0j— Craig Schaffer (@Craig Schaffer)1582285908.0
@AlexPattyy @AlexMorash @RepMattGaetz Why is this liar on the view, spewing lies.— 🐾TeeCee Watson🐱🐶 (@🐾TeeCee Watson🐱🐶)1582286166.0
@AlexPattyy @JasonSCampbell @RepMattGaetz Pardon me if I refuse to believe anything a Trump follower says.— Michael Holloway (@Michael Holloway)1582248923.0
WTF? https://t.co/abWb6aZuoy— Kragar (@Kragar)1582235932.0
Actions speak louder than words, Matt.