(Daily Beast) -- It’s the sheer cruelty that is the most noticeable thing about President Donald Trump’s tweets this morning banning trans servicepeople from serving in the military. It’s a familiar cruelty if you are LGB, and now in recent years particularly, T.
Today’s tweets are not about "disruption" and military effectiveness, because LGBT servicemembers serve alongside their heterosexual comrades as professionally as one would expect. The tweets are not about cost, because the cost of trans-related surgeries is estimated between $2.4 million to $8.4 million—a fraction of a total military health budget, estimated to be around $49.3 billion.
This morning’s tweets were about stoking prejudice, enshrining discrimination, appealing to the Religious Right, and winning votes from people whose support you desire who agree with all those things.
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This is a very old and familiar politics to LGBT people: find a vulnerable minority and demonize them, and all to shore up your own power particularly when you are feeling threatened.