Tuesday March 19, 2019

Another empty rhetoric: Trump rescinds transgender protection rights

It’s been a second month after Trump joined the office and has been outraging people already with his vexing policies

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Washington, Feb 24, 2017: Last Wednesday, trump administration rescinded the federal protection for transgender students to choose bathroom and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The instruction to the schools came out as a shock among Trans students. It’s been a second month after Trump joined the office and has been outraging people already with his vexing policies. Trump boasted in his previous speeches that he would be called a champion for LGBTQ rights but the preachings have seemed to be forgotten now.

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It is not clear what impending change the policy will have on students but the entire scene is depressing and has turned out into an emotional national debate. It was observed that about 200 people gathered in front of White house to an outcry against Trump’s disturbing actions, waving rainbow flags and shouting “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here”.

“Revoking the guidance shows that the president’s promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric” said James Esseks, director of American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT project.

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“I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBT people. It’s just outrageous that he goes after trans kids this way.” Said Mara Keisling, an executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The protection for the Transgender community was activated under Barack Obama presidency. The conservative activist hailed the change by calling Obama directives as illegal and tarnishing fixed gender rights.

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Slowly and steadily people who voted Trump for notions like “Make America great again” seems regretful for their decision. It brings back the recall of ‘empty rhetoric’ as what trump used to call, which seems to backfire the president itself.

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-prepared by Naina Mishra of NewsGram. Twitter-@Nainamishr94

 

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White House Condemns Any Link of President Donald Trump to Accused New Zealand Shooter

Trump was widely attacked in the aftermath of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 when he equated white supremacists with counter-protesters, saying "both sides" were to blame and that there were "fine people" on both sides of the protest.

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In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. VOA

The White House on Sunday rejected any attempt to link President Donald Trump to the white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two New Zealand mosques.

“The president is not a white supremacist,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told the “Fox News Sunday” show. “I’m not sure how many times we have to say that. Let’s take what happened in New Zealand [Friday] for what it is: a terrible evil tragic act.”

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The statement renewed criticism that Trump has not voiced strong enough condemnation of white nationalists. VOA

Alleged gunman Brenton Harris Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, said in a 74-page manifesto he released shortly before the massacre unfolded at mosques in Christchurch that he viewed Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” but did not support his policies.

The statement renewed criticism that Trump has not voiced strong enough condemnation of white nationalists.

Asked Friday after the mosque attacks whether he sees an increase in white nationalism, Trump said, “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess.” He said he had not seen the manifesto.

Mulvaney said, “I don’t think it’s fair to cast this person as a supporter of Donald Trump any more than it is to look at his eco-terrorist passages in that manifesto and align him with [Democratic House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi or Ms. Ocasio-Cortez,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congresswoman.

“This was a disturbed individual, an evil person,” he said.

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“The president is not a white supremacist,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told the “Fox News Sunday” show. “I’m not sure how many times we have to say that. Let’s take what happened in New Zealand [Friday] for what it is: a terrible evil tragic act.” VOA
Scott Brown, the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, told CNN that he gave no credence to Tarrant’s comments about Trump in the manifesto, saying the accused gunman “is rotten to the core.” Brown said he hopes Tarrant is convicted “as quickly as he can be” and the key to his prison cell thrown away.

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Trump was widely attacked in the aftermath of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 when he equated white supremacists with counter-protesters, saying “both sides” were to blame and that there were “fine people” on both sides of the protest.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of numerous Democrats seeking the party’s presidential nomination to oppose Trump in the 2020 election, said on Twitter after the New Zealand attack, “Time and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists and instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them. This isn’t normal or acceptable.” (VOA)