Trump Bans Transgender Individuals From Serving in the Military
by Haley Oliver '21
I’m sure you are hearing a lot about President Trump, but have you heard this story? Donald Trump has banned transgender individuals from serving in the military. On July 26, 2017, President Trump tweeted, “After my consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow….”, “...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming….”, “... victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and distribution that transgender in the military would be entail. Thank you.”
Helms, a Navy Veteran who served for 8 years from 1970-78, told BuzzFeed News, “What Trump did was strictly to serve his bigot followers and nothing else. Trans people have proven to serve well and without any issues, both in our country and several throughout the world.”
In 2018, until the plan is final, Trump said transgender individuals currently serving will not be charged based on gender identity. The White House has been taking votes on the issue-- before Trump announced his ban--24 Republicans helped Democrats block an amendment to prevent the pentagon from paying the cost of transgender medical procedures. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican who lobbies the White House, reportedly said, “Military service is a privilege, not a right.”
Does Donald Trump Approve of Racial Profiling?
by Rocco Addington '20
Does Donald Trump approve of racial profiling? Joe Arpaio was a sheriff for the Maricopa County police office, when in 2011 the former sheriff was convicted of racial profiling. He was found out because he was targeting and stopping Latinos in traffic, and when the officials found out he was convicted. Arpaio was going to be sentenced in October, but as of August 26th he was pardoned by one President Trump. Trump even went so far as to say he kept Arizona safe on his twitter. So what does this say about Donald Trump? Why would he pardon someone who was convicted of racial profiling? What does this mean? I think you should ask yourself, does Donald Trump approve of racial profiling?
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