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People in the military are less than enthusiastic about receiving orders delivered by Tweet

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I think this answers the question: Did the White House consult with anyone in the military before Dorito Mangolini wrote yesterday’s transphobic Tweets?

The highest ranking military officer in the country said that the military’s transgender policy won’t actively change until President Trump sends specific directions to the Pentagon.

“There will be no modifications to the current policy until the president’s direction has been received by the secretary of defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford wrote in a letter.

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Dunford’s letter suggests those troops won’t be immediately discharged.

In his letter, Dunford acknowledged that “there are questions about yesterday’s announcement.”

He stressed that “we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect” while the military waits for further direction.

He also wrote that the issue should not distract the military from its warfighting mission.

“As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face,” he wrote, “we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions.”

This will be easier said than done for service members who have been singled out as a “burden” and a “disruption,” subjected to more malice from transphobic idiots like Tomi Lahren and then asked to sit tight while someone figures out whether they can stay, all because the Cheeto-in-Chief is a waste of skin and opposable thumbs.

To perhaps belabor the obvious, if today tRump announces he was just kidding and he loves the “transgender” better than Clinton and perhaps even the great Abraham Lincoln, who he can be just as presidential as, by the way I bet you didn’t know that, ever would, this will still have been a very upsetting event for transgender Americans and people who care about them.

This is why – again to risk belaboring the obvious – Rule by Bullying, which is basically the GOP’s only trick, is harmful even when whatever evil thing they’re plotting at any particular moment is thwarted by voters, votes, vetoes or the courts.

For anyone wondering WTF the ban is about in the first place, here was the initial story.

“This forces Democrats in Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, to take complete ownership of this issue,” the official said. How will the blue collar voters in these states respond when senators up for re-election in 2018 like [Democratic Michigan Senator] Debbie Stabenow are forced to make their opposition to this a key plank of their campaigns?

I assume this cunning plan was cobbled together by whoever wrote the Pickles letter, possibly at the same time, so it’s nice to see the Moochi is keeping busy.

Democrats did speak out against the ban. And so did some Republicans, including Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

But as I said, the Trick Stabenow etc plan was hastily created post-Tweet spin. Here’s the second story.

Later that day, Politico broke the news that the announcement was due to infighting over funding for Trump’s border wall. With hardliners reportedly insisting on a ban targeting Pentagon-funded gender affirmation surgeries, House GOP members worried they lacked the votes for a spending bill. Upon being consulted, Trump decided to ban transgender service members altogether, declaring on Twitter that the U.S. government would not “accept or allow [t]ransgender individuals to serve in any capacity” in the military.

A fight over funding for the stupid see-through solar panel border wall that President Yammering Yam said Mexico would pay for but I guess now he’ll be sending them a bill, seems slightly more plausible. But I think the most obvious answer is the correct one: the Republican Party has made itself the abode of vicious bigots. Their current leader is simply less controlled in how he expresses that bigotry.

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