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Indian-American Lawmakers Slam US President Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

They are accusing him of bigotry

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Trump's transgender military ban is being slammed by India-American lawmakers
Trump's transgender military ban is being slammed by India-American lawmakers. Wikimedia
  • Ami Bera is the longest-serving Indian-American currently in the Congress
  • Removing these men and women from service or refusing recruits because of who they are going against every American value they swear to defend
  • Our transgender service members deserve honour and respect

Washington (US), August 27, 2017: Prominent Indian-American lawmakers have criticised US President Donald Trump after he signed a memo instructing the Defence Department to stop accepting transgender people into the armed forces.

The presidential memorandum signed on Friday officially requested the Pentagon to develop an implementation plan for the ban by February 21, 2018, to be put in place on March 23, 2018.

Slamming the move, Democratic US Representative Ami Bera said, “If you wear an American military uniform, you deserve the respect and support of the Commander-in-Chief… Unfortunately, Donald Trump is more comfortable peddling in discrimination and bigotry, and he’s shown that he is unable to support our troops.”

“Removing these men and women from service or refusing recruits because of who they are going against every American value they swear to defend,” said Bera, who is the longest-serving Indian-American currently in the Congress, in a press release.

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The directive, signed on Friday, bars transgender people from enlisting, but instructs Secretary of Defence James Mattis and the Homeland Security “to determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant”, according to a White House official.

It ordered the Pentagon to stop paying for gender reassignment surgeries, except in cases that were already in progress to “protect the health of an individual”.

California Democrat Ro Khanna tweeted, “Our transgender service members deserve honour and respect. This military ban is anti-trans discrimination and must not be tolerated.”

In a tweet, Illinois Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi said that he hoped that Trump would reconsider the ban.

“I hope the President immediately reconsiders this ban. There is no place for discrimination in our armed forces.”

In another tweet, Krishnamoorthi said, “We must never abandon those who have sacrificed so much for their nation. #ProtectTransTroops”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, termed the ban “downright shameful”.

“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the transgender community. This is downright shameful. #TransRightsAreHumanRights,” she tweeted. (IANS)

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R.E.M. Slams Donald Trump for Using Their Song

The clip was removed from the President's account but can still be found elsewhere.

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R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills blasted Carpe Donktum and Trump on Saturday. Pixabay

American Alternative rockers, R.E.M. has slammed President Donald Trump for retweeting a video clip from his State of the Union address that feature the band’s superhit song, “Everybody Hurts”.

The video, that feature clips of Democrats looking none too pleased with the speech, was created by pro-Trump memester Carpe Donktum and has become the latest in a long line of disputes between politicians and rock stars, reports CNN.

R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills blasted Carpe Donktum and Trump on Saturday.

“Measures have been taken to stop it. @jack you need to get on this,” he tweeted, calling out Twitter chief Jack Dorsey.

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Lead singer Michael Stipe blasted Trump for playing another R.E.M. tune on the campaign trail. VOA

The clip was removed from the President’s account but can still be found elsewhere.

 

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Later on Saturday, Trump retweeted another video of his State of the Union speech by Carpe Donktum — this time with the backtrack “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood who performed at the President’s inauguration in 2017.

In 2015, lead singer Michael Stipe blasted Trump for playing another R.E.M. tune on the campaign trail, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”. (IANS)