A Republican Congresswoman is defending Trump’s controversial transgender ban by claiming that transgender personnel are a burden on the US Military.
Vicky Hartzler, a long-time opponent of the Obama administration who is among the founding members of the birther conspiracy and who always claimed that Obama was born in Kenya came to Trump’s defence yesterday after backlash on Trump’s transgender ban which the President announced on Twitter.
Hartzler said she totally supports Trump on the transgender ban and that Trump is not prejudiced.
She said: “The costs incurred by funding transgender surgeries and the required additional care it demands should not be the focus of our military resources. Each dollar needs to be spent to address threats facing our nation.”
While the rhetoric and excuses surrounding the transgender ban are using finances and budgets as the scapegoat, it has also been revealed that the Pentagon spends $84 million a year on Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs, a staggering amount that dwarfs the amount spent on transgender care by a very big magnitude.
Some political commentators argued that if the Pentagon can spend $84 million a year on Viagra, then they can and should be able to spend a tiny fraction of that on transgender services.
A 2016 study by the Rand Corporation estimated that about 4,000 US active duty and reserve service members are transgender and that the inclusion of transgender people in the military would lead to a 0.13% increase in healthcare spending which works out at $8.4 million. That is a tiny fraction compared to the Viagra bill incurred by the Pentagon!
Senator John McCain disagreed with Trump’s transgender ban and said, “Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving.”
The White House today released a statement claiming that they are still working out the full details of the ban. This is being seen by political commentators as a sign that Trump is likely to climb down on the ban after intense criticism and uproar yesterday even from some in the Republican Party.