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Virginia Democrats Condemn Trump’s Military Transgender Ban; Republicans Predictably, Pathetically Silent

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The following is just a small sampling of Virginia Democrats’ condemnation of Donald Trump’s announcement this morning that he would ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. Note that others, like Democratic LG nominee Justin Fairfax, retweeted/shared several of these as well. Meanwhile, what we’ve gotten from Virginia Republicans (I’ve checked Facebook and Twitter feeds for Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, John Adams, as well as Virginia’s GOP congresscreatures, the VA GOP, etc.) has been, overwhelmingly, a deafening silence. That includes people like Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA10) and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA02), [UPDATE: see below for Taylor’s statement, which opposes Trump’s ban; good for him] both of whom have pretended (at times) to be kinda/sorta LGBT-friendly. So much for that, eh? As for Ed Gillespie, he’s his usual profile in cowardice, of course. Meanwhile, here are a bunch of Democrats standing up against the White House bully and for patriotic Americans.

Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA02):

“Our office is currently waiting for the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide information requested on this issue. I am troubled that they seemed to be unaware of this potential policy change and how it was made public. I understand the DoD is in the middle of a review of relevant policies and I believe this ban is premature. There are heroic military members willing to put their lives on the line and give the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, regardless of their gender identity. I support the ability for those who meet all military requirements, medical and otherwise, to have the opportunity to serve our great country. I recently supported the Hartzler amendment on the basis of individual medical readiness, which should always be a priority for the military. Readiness is crucial for us to continue to have the most highly capable fighting force in the world.”

UPDATE 6:39 pm: We finally get a mealy-mouthed, wimpy statement from Ed Gillespie.