Late Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive memo Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to implement a transgender military ban.
The ban is set to take effect next March, after a six-month period in which the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security are slated to develop and carry out plans for the move.
Twitter came down harshly against the ban. Here’s a sampling of the reaction from pols, pundits and others:
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 25, 2017
guess there’s no better time to sign this order than in the middle of a category 4 hurricane right boss https://t.co/pbEymNvwB1
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) August 25, 2017
I am deeply ashamed of America and the 63 million people who voted for Donald Trump. He is a full fledged bigot. It's just disgusting.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 25, 2017
An absolutely despicable discriminatory policy. Everyone who voted for this man should be ashamed. https://t.co/YedIGLmuqG
— Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi) August 25, 2017
Fake "wins" for struggling Trump voters:
Pretending to build wall
Banning transgender troops
Failing at ACA repeal
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) August 25, 2017
The transgender military ban is pure, concentrated discrimination. There is no good justification for it. It's cruelty for cruelty's sake.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 25, 2017
Preventing #transgender troops from serving is wrong and it's un-American.
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) August 25, 2017
Another executive action from @realDonaldTrump that violates our values. We stand with transgender Americans who want to defend our nation.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 25, 2017
Trump's transgender ban is a vicious hate crime on a federal scale. Most Americans are against it.
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 25, 2017
Trump & Pence are turning their hate & bigotry into policy. This attack on trans troops makes our country less safe. https://t.co/nmQ1WaBo6s
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) August 25, 2017
Trump's "presidency" should be designated a hate group
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) August 25, 2017
My thoughts go out to all the trans people currently serving in the military. I can't even imagine what kind of stress this is causing.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 25, 2017
Trans folks are my family, my co-workers, my community.
This military ban is disgusting & wrong. DISGUSTING & WRONG
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) August 25, 2017
Sad that a trans person can't be a soldier, but a pile of garbage can be the president.
— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) August 25, 2017
15,000 brave trans service members continued to defend us between Trump's tweets and this ban going into effect. They deserve better. https://t.co/FvwDX3F9yL
— GLAAD (@glaad) August 25, 2017
Trump's move to ban transgender troops is on the wrong side of national security & the wrong side of history. #ProtectTransTroops https://t.co/Rn4Ln3hm1L
— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) August 25, 2017
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