Today, via Twitter President Trump abruptly told thousands of transgender service members in the U.S. military, “you’re fired!”
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan asked a Trump administration official what the real reason for the ban was, and the aide confessed that the president’s motives were purely political.
“This forces Democrats in rust belt states like Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin to take complete ownership of the issue,” the official said. “How will the blue collar voters in these states respond when senators up for reelection in 2018, like Debbie Stabenow, are forced to make this a key plank in their campaigns.”
This importance of this startling admission cannot be overstated. First, it reveals that the President of the United States is exploiting not only the LGBT community but the armed services to score political points.
Second, and even more telling, it exposes Trump’s true strategy for working families: use social wedge issues to distract from his inaction on the promises he campaigned on.
This is a betrayal of the LGBT Americans, the Armed Forces, and the working men and women who placed their faith in Trump on Election Day. The truth has been laid bare for all to see. Now, the questions are: Who among Trump’s base and enablers in Congress will read the writing on the wall and who will look away?