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Navy SEAL Comes Forward With Shocking Response To Trump's Transgender Ban

A former Navy SEAL has responded to President Trump's decision to ban trans people from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Her outrage stems from the president’s recent decision to ban transgender people “in any capacity”, tweeting: “After 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 disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

Kristin Beck, who identifies as transgender herself, served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years and the president’s tweet prompted her to approach Business Insider, telling reporters: “Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy…Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service. I was defending individual liberty. I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats. I defended for everyone.”

Ms. Beck also appeared on CNN, emphasizing that Trump’s decision was indicative of a poor understanding of the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. “A very professional unit with great leadership wouldn't have a problem,” said Ms. Beck. The former Navy Seal also expanded on President Trump’s poor leadership as Commander in Chief, saying: “I can have a Muslim serving right beside (American pastor) Jerry Falwell and we're not going to have a problem. It's a leadership issue, not a transgender issue.”

For Ms. Beck, Trump’s decision to tweet such a derogatory and discriminatory announcement was disrespectful to the entire U.S. military. “Why would you tweet that? It blindsided millions of people. It's disrespectful,” Beck said. After being asked what she’d say to President Trump, Ms. Beck replied: “I'd say his famous line: 'You're fired'.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, fielded questions about the transgender ban. One of the first questions focused on the future of existing transgender service members, with one reporter asking: “does that mean that those that are now in theatre, that are now deployed to Afghanistan for example, will have to be immediately sent home and discharged?” Increasingly flustered, Ms. Sanders replied: “The implementation policy is going to be something that the White House and Department of Defense have to work together to lawfully determine.”

According to Ms. Sander, Trump “came to the conclusion that it [transgender service members] erodes military readiness and unit cohesion and made the decision based on that.” President Trump’s decision is a total reversal of the policy under Barack Obama, who attempted to make the military more accessible to transgender people.

For Beck, Trump’s ruling is a slap in the face to her dignity and service for her country, telling Business Insider: “I'm a human being. I deserve dignity and respect. I'm an American. I deserve freedom, and a life of happiness and liberty. And if you, as the President, continue down this road of stripping and dismantling freedom... You're fired. He's turned his back on a lot of Americans. He's turned his back on a lot of veterans. And that's just not right.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: The Daily Beast

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