Transgender ban is all about Trump shoring up his base
July 26, 2017
Updated: July 26, 2017 6:42pm
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US President Donald Trump speaks to the American Legion Boys Nation and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, July 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump speaks to the American Legion Boys Nation…
President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the military reminds us of all the reasons his administration has gone nowhere fast in seven months.
But most of all, it appears Trump again opted to try for a short-term political win at the expense of alienating allies he may need down the road.
Banning transgender personnel from the military was an easy way for Trump to appeal to his conservative base, which has shown signs of turning on him in recent days because of his ongoing criticism of Attorney…