Rep. Meeks Statement on Trump’s Discriminatory Ban of Transgender Service Members from U.S. Military
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Gregory W. Meeks released the following statement on President Trump banning transgender Americans from serving in the military:
“On the sixty-ninth anniversary of President Harry S. Truman signing an executive order desegregating the military, President Donald J. Trump is taking our country back decades to a time of discrimination. We should judge prospective and current members of the world’s greatest military on their merits, not their self-identified gender. It is upsetting, shameful, and wholly un-American to place blanket bans on individuals based on their identities.
"We recall the heroism and sacrifices of the Tuskegee Airmen, who wore the stripes and stars as they were discriminated against but nevertheless admirably served our nation in harm’s way in World War II. We are appalled that President Trump and Republicans would do such a disservice to their great legacy by reinjecting discrimination into our armed forces.
"In targeting, not honoring, transgender service members, President Trump is seeking to embed injustice in our military. President Trump would do well to reverse this appalling decision and remember Martin Luther King, Jr.’s admonishment: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”