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Iraq Veteran Lawmaker: Ironic That Draft Dodger Trump ‘Is Stopping Trans People Who Want To Serve’

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Iraq Veteran Lawmaker: Ironic That Draft Dodger Trump ‘Is Stopping Trans People Who Want To Serve’

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), an Iraq War veteran, ripped into President Trump after he tweeted his decision on Wednesday to ban transgender people from serving in the military, saying the president is an “impotent leader” using fear of the transgender community “to score political points.”

“Banning any qualified person from serving their country, because of who they are is both discriminatory and bad national security policy,” Gallego said in a series of tweets.

The Arizona lawmaker warned Trump will “never understand complex military needs” because he doesn’t have the “experience or intellectual capacity to learn.”

“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,” Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. “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,” he added.

In the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, then-candidate Trump called himself a “real friend” of the LGBT community and accused Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of prioritizing “immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists” into the U.S.

“Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs,” he tweeted in June.

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