Donald Trump maybe be ginning up transphobia to save his imploding presidency, but he’s actually to the right of many Republicans on the issue.
By Riki Wilchins
July 27 2017
On Wednesday, July 26, the president tweeted that trans people will no longer be allowed to serve in the military.
Let history also record that on Thursday, July 13, Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler of Missouri introduced an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill that would put an end to the Pentagon’s Obama-era policy of providing gender reassignment surgery for transgender service members, and it was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican-controlled House.
It was defeated. No, that is not a typo. And with five votes to spare, 214-209.
The House, in which the Republicans outnumber Democrats by 240 to 194, could not muster the votes — 24 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with a solid block of 190 Democrats. (A few in each party were absent or did not vote.)
Denying government funding for trannies to get sex change surgery? Folks, this is the closest thing to a slam-dunk that Republicans have, and it failed. It failed.
I’m sure Vicky and her Freedom Caucus buddies (three more from Missouri alone) must have been beside themselves.
This is a House that has been working to defund Planned Parenthood. It has successfully gone after everyone from Muslims to Mexicans on immigration. It has passed an law that the Congressional Budget Office estimates would take health care away from 22 million Americans and use that money to give tax cuts to the ultra-rich.
It has even gone into the tank for the National Rifle Association and guns for all, including the NRA’s new proposal to back the right of the unborn to carry concealed weapons. OK, I made that last one up. But still, Vicky and the caucus have been in the forefront of all of these social issue fights.
And yet this Congress, surely the most conservation in living memory, cannot muster the votes to deny gender-confirmation surgeries to trans service members. Well, I ask you, What is the world coming to?
This is actually a small watershed.