New Jersey Democrat Senator Cory Booker exclaimed that the real heroes in the U.S. military are the transgender soldiers and that President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender soldiers is a national security threat.
“Transgender servicemembers are heroes, just like all other servicemembers risking their lives for their country,” Booker said in his March 9 tweet, CNS News reported.
“President Trump’s effort to ban them doesn’t just fly in the face of our collective values—it’s a national security threat,” the announced candidate for the Democrat nomination for president in 2020 added:
Transgender servicemembers are heroes, just like all other servicemembers risking their lives for our country. President Trump's effort to ban them doesn't just fly in the face of our collective values—it's a national security threat. #ProtectTransTroops https://t.co/bQjTA5Ubkg
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) March 9, 2019
Booker attached a link to a video by the Human Rights Campaign featuring transgenders who once served in the military and who felt the need to speak out against the president’s ban on transgender soldiers.
Former Army captain Jennifer Peace, for instance, said in the video, “I had a great relationship with my soldiers and peers & my seniors & after coming out none of that changed because what they valued was my contribution to the mission, not my gender”:
"I had a great relationship with my soldiers, my peers & my seniors & after coming out none of that changed because what they valued was my contribution to the mission, not my gender."
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 8, 2019
For her part, former Amy Sgt. Patricia King exclaimed, “Having a unit that accepted who I was was one of the most empowering things because it said, ‘we don’t care about who you are as a person. We care about how well you do your job.'”
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