House Dems Write Letter To Mattis Urging Him To Oppose Transgender Military Ban

After President Donald Trump announced the proposed transgender military ban on Twitter, over 50 Democrats in the House signed a letter encouraging General James Mattis to oppose to the proposal as a result of its unconstitutionality.

“As members of Congress with an abiding interest in our nation’s military and its policies toward the LGBTQ community, we write to not only express our strong opposition to President Trump’s recent tweets seeking to ban transgender individuals from the military, but to remind you not to comply with any unconstitutional directive which may ultimately be issued,” the letter read, addressing Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

The letter was devised by Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.) and Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.) who acquired the signatures of 51 other congressmen. Smith is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, while Conyers Jr. is leading figure of the House Judiciary Committee. The two receives signatures from other members of their respective committees, and members of the congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

“As the respected leaders of our brave armed service members, you have no obligation to implement a hastily considered tweet designed to serve as a ‘wedge’ political issue; but rather you should honor your own independent duty to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” the congressmen wrote.

They further stated, “we believe any serious or credible review of the law and the facts in the present case make it clear that the president’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces will weaken, not strengthen our military, and is blatantly unconstitutional.”

 

First reported by The Blaze.