President Donald Trump has justified his Wednesday announcement banning transgender people from the military by saying they “burden” the armed services with “tremendous medical costs.” But this statement could not be more false. Last year, the Pentagon lifted its ban against transgender people serving in the U.S. armed forces. The Williams Institute said in a 2014 study that trans people make up more than 15,000 soldiers serving in active duty or in reserve. In total, the study found nearly 150,000 transgender people serve in the military in some capacity. It’s unclear why the president, who has passed no meaningful legislation and continues to be embroiled in scandal, has decided to set his sights on discriminating against the trans community.
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