Al Franken Condemns Trump’s Ridiculous Ban Ejecting Transgenders From Military

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Senator Al Franken punched back at Donald Trump’s absurdly discriminatory early morning tweet. The president explained exactly how he promised to stand behind every person during his presidential campaign, guaranteeing them equality. Then, in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday, Trump’s tweet laid bare his lie. Franken was hot.

The man in the Oval Office enjoys playing the top soldier now, yet, he had five deferments during the Vietnam War. Four were for college and one was for a questionable bone spur in his foot. The Democratic senator from Minnesota hit the president in a frontal assault, writing in his Facebook page statement “actions do speak louder than words:”

‘Our President’s latest actions are a full-on assault on the LGBT community. This morning, in a series of tweets, President Trump said he would reverse course on an Obama-era decision and no longer accept or allow transgender Americans to serve in the military in any capacity. There’s no courage or leadership behind that decision. I believe that if you want to serve our country and protect our freedoms, then you should be able to do so without having to hide who you are or who you love.’

The senator’s full statement can be read at the end of this article.

Franken was not the only one angry about Donald Trump’s ridiculous tweet order. Check out these amazing Americans’ tweet attacks below:

“I’m much better for the gays.” “Ask yourself who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community, Donald Trump with actions or Hillary Clinton with her words.”

Those quotes came from then-candidate Donald Trump during the height of the 2016 campaign season, and for all intents and purposes, they were meant to affirm his commitment to the LGBT community. Donald Trump is right about one thing—actions do speak louder than words. And our president’s latest actions are a full-on assault on the LGBT community.

This morning, in a series of tweets, President Trump said he would reverse course on an Obama-era decision and no longer accept or allow transgender Americans to serve in the military in any capacity. There’s no courage or leadership behind that decision. I believe that if you want to serve our country and protect our freedoms, then you should be able to do so without having to hide who you are.

President Trump called these Americans a burden on and disruption to our military. I disagree. They are heroes. Disturbingly, this may be the tip of the iceberg. Based on press reports, Trump’s Justice Department is now preparing a legal filing to completely undercut much of the progress we’ve made to protect the LGBT community from discrimination under existing federal laws—a major attack that could end up enabling discrimination against LGBT Americans in workplaces and schools cross the country.

We cannot accept the president’s willingness to ignore and even break his own promises in order to discriminate against our fellow Americans. These are real people—our families, loved ones, friends, and now members of the U.S. military —who are being hurt by his cruel decisions.

Featured Image via Getty Images/Joe Reedle.