Transgender war heroes, angry celebrities, and James Cordon in a top hat: Twitter reacts to #transban

President Trump’s tweeted transgender military ban on July 26 drew immediate criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, who were caught unaware by the decision. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)


It all started with a tweet, and fingers haven’t stopped punching buttons ever since.

On Wednesday morning, President Trump delivered another 140-character shocker to the world via his favorite social media outlet. In a three-tweet series, the president announced the “United States Government will not accept or allow … Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

If Trump’s aim here was to hijack the national conversation away from the Russia probe or his deteriorating relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions — mission accomplished. The administration has offered few details on the trans ban — no concrete policy; no government savings forecasts; no next steps. That lack of concrete information about the president’s intentions has left a vacuum, and outrage and approval from the online gallery has been pouring in.

The transgender movement has found an increasingly larger foothold in the mainstream thanks to celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox. Both chimed in, voicing their disapproval with the measure. Another high-profile transgender woman and military vet, Chelsea Manning, also offered her thoughts. The former U.S. Army soldier pointed to the inherent stupidity of a deep-pocketed military banning transgender soldiers due to budget concerns. Lady Gaga, one of pop culture’s more vocal advocates on gender and sexual equality, also reached for the 140-character-mic to speak her piece.

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