In Thursday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, the host of the show said, “Anyone who talks about identity should be immediately disqualified from military service.
Carlson’s comment came during a discussion with Charlie Hurt, the Washington Times’ opinion editor, about who will benefit most from the soon-to-be-implemented policy of President-elect Joe Biden after he takes office in January.
During the segment, Hurt alluded to Biden’s promise to overturn President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender persons in the military. Biden has said he will lift the ban ahead of schedule during his presidency. He could do this by executive decree without the help of Congress.
“The military is supposed to be a lethal operation in which we send American troops to defend our borders and protect our country from enemies and kill as many enemies as possible as quickly as possible with the least casualties to our people,” Hurt said before asking rhetorically, “Is it supposed to be some social engineering project where we put colors and things on a board that … make certain people feel good?
Hurt claimed that Trump was the first president to make national changes based on “what normal, ordinary American people want in Scranton,” referring to Scranton, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of Biden.
“Anyone who talks about identity should be immediately disqualified from service,” Carlson then replied. “Who is interested in your identity? It is the least interesting thing about you.”
Trump became interested in the identities of transgender people in July 2017 when he announced on Twitter his intention to banish them from the military. In his tweets, Trump said the ban was due to “the enormous medical costs and disruption that transgender people would cause in the military.
Transgender people are people whose gender identity is different from the gender they were assigned at birth. Transgender people often need continuous hormone replacement therapy to help their bodies better reflect their gender identity.
According to estimates by The RAND Corporation, a research organization that studies public policy challenges, and The National Center for Transgender Equality, between 1,320 and 15,000 transgender people were already actively serving in the military at the time Trump announced his ban.
In a study commissioned by the Pentagon, RAND Corporation estimates that medical care for transgender people costs the military between $2.4 and $8.4 million annually. By comparison, according to The Washington Post, the military currently spends $41.6 million annually on Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug.
The cost of replacing already trained transsexual military personnel could be up to $960 million in 2017, according to an estimate by the Palm Center, a think tank for LGBTQ military policy.
At least 18 other countries currently allow transgender people to serve in their armed forces, including Australia, Bolivia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
“Let’s talk about the country,” said Carlson, closing the segment. “How will you serve and protect the country? Your identity, it really is just the height of narcissism. She’s really – get your head out of your ass.”
In September 2020, the Trump administration issued executive orders prohibiting federal agencies and contractors from offering training that discusses racial or sexual identity bias, denouncing it as divisive un-American propaganda.
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