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Overwhelming Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump’s Transgender Troop Ban

No matter how you slice it, Americans hate Trump’s transgender troop ban.

A new poll from Gallup found that, except for Republicans, everyone surveyed backs the right of openly transgender troops to serve in the military.

Overall, 71 percent of people who were asked whether they favored or opposed allowing openly transgender men and women to serve in the military said they favored that right.

However, breaking down the data makes the breadth of the support even more evident. Among Democrats, 88 percent support transgender troops serving. The number is almost as high for people who consider themselves independents  — 78 percent.

Veterans favor allowing openly transgender people to serve by a substantial majority of 56 percent, while non-veterans clock in at 73 percent.

Women support transgender troop service more than men — 79 percent versus 64 percent — but both display solid support.

Finally, a majority of Americans across every age group also agree transgender people should be allowed to serve.

In fact, the only group surveyed where support for transgender troops didn’t break 50 percent was Republicans, but even there, a substantial portion — 43 percent — are in favor of their service.

And it isn’t just polls that reflect strong American support. National Guard leaders in five states are defying Trump’s ban and allowing openly transgender troops to serve. Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis begged him to drop the ban. The American Medical Association said there was “no medically valid reason” for Trump’s ban.

All of this just shows how out of step Republicans are. They’re following Trump’s lead in pushing his hateful ban, and they’ve never stopped to consider if that is what their constituents actually want.

Instead, they’ve just tried to block the House from defunding enforcement of the ban. 182 Republicans voted against a Democratic measure that would have stopped the Pentagon from using federal funds to implement the ban.

Americans oppose Trump and they oppose his bigoted policies. The question is whether the Republicans who supposedly represent them will stop blindly following Trump and implement policies their constituents really want.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

 

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Trump May Dispatch Troops To Build Border Detention Camps

Trump is growing increasingly unhinged about the number of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S., and the only thing that seems to be stopping his cruel plans to punish the migrant population is the U.S. court system.

NBC News on Friday reported that Trump wants to send even more military troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to build and maintain detention camps for migrants who do not fit in existing facilities.

However, U.S. law — specifically the Posse Comitatus Act — bans the military from conducting domestic policing, hampering Trump’s plan.

Despite the fact that the military can do very little with migrants on the border because of current laws, Trump still wants to deploy more military personnel to the border — wasting money and taking military personnel away from their families for a pointless mission.

The increased military force could be tasked with land assessments for new tent cities — or with assessing the site of a new central processing facility that would have the kind of chainlink cages for immigrants that have caused an uproar about the U.S. treatment of vulnerable people fleeing violence in their home countries.

This is just the latest grotesque proposal Trump has thought up as he grows angrier and angrier about the fact that brown people want to come to the U.S.

Trump has floated the idea of releasing migrants who are seeking asylum in the U.S. into to so-called “sanctuary cities” to “punish” Democrats. Of course, only someone who hates brown people would view this as a punishment.

Trump also wants to restart his cruel policy of family separations — which judges have already blocked him from doing. Trump also wants to jail kids he rips from their parents for longer periods, as well as make it harder for asylum seekers to work once they do arrive in the U.S.

And who can forget the news from Monday, in which CNN reported that Trump ordered several of his administration officials to flat-out break the law by refusing to allow asylum seekers to enter the U.S. — which they are legally permitted to do.

As for increasing the number of troops on the border, Trump administration officials seem to know this is a waste, as unnamed officials told NBC News that they “do not expect a large number of additional troops” to be deployed to the border.

But it seems they’re willing to go along with Trump in order to appease his worst impulses.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.com.