“When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry and no tolerance for hate,” Trump said, referring to U.S. troops.
Trump last month issued an order banning transgender people from serving, which critics said amounted to just that: bigotry. At the time, Trump blamed “tremendous medical costs and disruption,” but studies show there are no tremendous costs or effects on military readiness.
Even many Republicans broke ranks and denounced the ban.
Many called out Trump’s statement against “bigotry” in the military as insincere:
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