Celebrity Reactions: Donald Trump Bans Transgender Military Recruits, Ends Medical Funding

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Donald Trump Bans Transgender Military Recruits

By Shari Weiss |

Donald Trump Bans Transgender Military Recruits

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Celebrities are reacting after Donald Trump signed a memo officially ordering the banning of transgender military recruits and the end of medical procedures for those currently enlisted. See stars’ reaction tweets below.

As Gossip Cop reported, in late July Trump announced transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the military in any capacity. He made the announcement via Twitter, before giving the Pentagon any direction on how to formally implement such a policy. Now almost a month later, the president has signed a memo ordering the military to no longer recruit transgender individuals or accept any applicants who are openly transgender. In addition, he has also instructed the Department of Defense to stop funding transgender-related medical procedures, such as gender-confirmation surgery, for those currently serving in the military.

Despite that guidance, it is still unclear if those already enlisted will be forced to stop serving at some point. There will be a six-month window for Defense Secretary James Mattis and other officials to develop a plan to implement the new guidelines. The news of Trump’s memorandum broke on Friday evening, as much of social media was focused on the threat of Hurricane Harvey. But among tweets of prayers for those who will be affected by the storm, a number of stars also commented on the president’s discriminatory actions.

“I’m sorry but this guy is about as cruel and vindictive a man as one could imagine,” wrote Mark Ruffalo, who also retweeted a number of related comments and articles. Kal Penn said, “This is what un-American cowards do. Attack our service members. Nice job @realDonaldTrump @IvankaTrump @KellyannePolls @WHNSC.” Last week, Penn, who worked for the Obama administration, resigned from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, along with other members.

Elizabeth Banks shared a statement from veteran and senator Tammy Duckworth, who used her own military hardships to criticize a ban. The actress wrote in response, “Thank you @SenDuckworth and to ALL those in uniform, thank you. #TransRightsAreHumanRights.” She added in another tweet, “#ProtectTransTroops.” Rosie O’Donnell agreed with the suggestion that Trump was trying to “bury” the news with his timing, writing, “how trumpian #horribleHuman.” And Mia Farrow posted, “Military leaders don’t support Trump’s transgender ban. Troops don’t support it. Most of us don’t support it. Why is it a thing for Trump?”

“#Transgenderban?” asked Marlee Matlin, noting, “@RANDCorporation study commissioned by Defense determined MINIMAL impact on readiness/healthcare. SMH it’s going forward.” George Takei urged, “Donald, Instead of pardoning cronies, threatening immigrant kids, and beating on trans people, maybe show some leadership on this hurricane?” Debra Messing deemed Trump the “#CowardInChief.” Larry King said, “I can’t decide if @POTUS is using #HurricaneHarvey to hide trans ban & pardon, or just jealous that it was getting more attention than him.” Ellen Page retweeted an organizer for the Transgender Law Center, who wrote, “Trump’s racism & transphobia continues to reach new depths, but conservatives have been peddling hate like this for years. #BanTheGOP.”

And Judd Apatow retweeted political commentator Ana Navarro, who expressed, “Thought of a guy who dodged the draft banning qualified patriotic Americans from serving solely b/c of sexual identity, is simply repulsive.” Shortly after, stars reacted to Trump pardoning Joe Arpaio during the storm.

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