Trump’s ban of transgender people in the military, besides being amoral, is motivated by politics, not ideology, as a diversion from other scandals surrounding him, suggests David Remnick of the New Yorker. As the public’s opinion of him worsens and the term ‘impeachment’ is thrown around, the president benefits from any distractions. This decision is an insult to thousands of transgender people fighting for their country, ignoring how it will affect them. They will suffer so that Trump can paper over his wrongdoings. The president is showing a lack of class by turning real humans into pawns to give himself a political advantage.
Banning transgender people from the military is not a hateful act but one based on military pragmatism, holds Joseph R. Murray II in USA Today. Evidence shows that transgenders deal with difficulties that can affect them during their military service, a risk to army effectiveness. Through no fault of their own, they face issues of identity and body that can bog them down as soldiers. The military is not the right environment for this kind of self-discovery. Surgeries and hormone treatment would need to be paid for as well. The army cannot afford to employ individuals who are facing atypical difficulties, which could affect their performance as soldiers.