In CD-10 our current representative, Jeff Denham, consistently posts about supporting our military, supporting our vets, and giving special treatment to those that wish to serve our country through the armed forces. The only problem with that is that his party’s leader and our current President has just released a barrage of ridiculous tweets banning transgender people from service.
The Republican Party, Denham, DeMartini, and many others, have for years run on a platform of strong military support. The only problem is that an estimated 15,000 current servicemen and women are transgender and with the proclamation this morning (on twitter of all places) the Commander-In-Chief has turned his back on those people serving our country with honor. Without any proper information outlined in this “ban,” 45 has also left those service people not knowing if they will now be sent home and removed from service. Will they be given honorable discharge? Will they be flogged in the streets? At this point no one seems to know, not even the Pentagon who when asked for a comment said to “Ask the White House.”
This ban is also coming at a very interesting time when 45 is weak, under attack, and the investigators are closing in on his joke of a mafia family and their Russian collaborators. Trump’s weak ego means that he needs to shore up support from somewhere and the only people that are still showing strong support for him are the ultra-social conservatives that believe that transgender people are “mentally ill” and “diseased.” He is under fire and is looking to get a little ego boost in this time of great peril.
Back to Jeff Denham though – our representative to the Federal Government has long claimed to side with military and veterans. He also has a long history of refusing to stand up to the Trump agenda even though his district clearly wants him to. By refusing to speak up or vote against various Trump-backed bills, Denham has shown us his true colors. This is just another taste of that spinelessness and cowardice in the face of his party. Denham has not spoken up against this ban. He has not shown his support for the 15,000 acting service people who are transgender, or the many veterans that he may have even served with that also identify as transgender.
Just another case of Denham lying to his constituents to win political points with his party leadership. He has never wanted to listen to us or the veterans – only those that believe in what his party wants them to believe in.
William Hoffknecht, PPA Co-Founder