“The Supreme Court is a hellpit, y’all.”
Split along partisan lines, the Supreme Court issued Tuesday an unsigned order temporarily reactivating the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people from serving in the military.
The briefly-worded decision stayed a number of lower-court injunctions against the ban, which had been legally contested across the country by civil rights advocates.
President Donald Trump — in one of his many reversals of Obama-era policies — ordered in 2017 that people who identify as a gender different to their biological sex cannot serve as soldiers, with the exception of the transgender soldiers already enlisted and trans people willing to serve “in their biological sex.”
Opponents of the policy argue that it allows the military to discriminate based on factors unrelated to “individual merit, qualifications, or physical and mental fitness to serve,” according to one of the filings against the ban.
Defending the ban, Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco argued in one brief that at stake is no less than “the authority of the U.S. military to determine who may serve in the nation’s armed forces.”
Transgender rights activist Parker Molloy sees the administration’s justifications as a feebly-concealed attempt to eradicate transgender people from society altogether.
As I’ve said before: it’s not about the military itself, but about wiping out any sort of legal recognition by the fed. gov. that trans people a.) exist, b.) have the capacity to participate in society, and c.) have health care concerns that are medically necessary, not cosmetic.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 22, 2019
Charlotte Clymer, a transgender army veteran herself, condemned the logic behind the original ban, and the absurdity of allowing it to go into effect.
As a military veteran and transgender American, I am heartbroken. This is a hateful and cowardly policy based on the terrible reasoning of a White House that has spent the past two years constantly seeking to harm transgender people. There is no excuse for this. https://t.co/laYFeAgWcv
— Charlotte Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) January 22, 2019
Teen Vogue reporter Lauren Duca lashed out at the policy’s “cruelty and ignorance.”
This is cruelty and ignorance as policy. Fuck this hateful administration and the morally-perverted Supreme Court it has created. https://t.co/rJ2JbeM51b
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 22, 2019
“Fuck this hateful administration and the morally-perverted Supreme Court it has created,” she tweeted.
Shareblue contributor Caroline Orr was morosely amused that a president whose own track record with the military is less than stellar should make decisions about who gets to serve.
With today’s Supreme Court decision, Americans who volunteer to serve in the military can be turned away by a guy who faked bone spurs to dodge the draft. https://t.co/Ljw5FShFSc
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) January 22, 2019
Ilan Millhiser, justice editor for ThinkProgress, was more pithy.
The Supreme Court is a hellpit, y’all.
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) January 22, 2019
One proactive user responded to Millhiser’s tweet with an action plan.
The #SCOTUS has become illegitimate with Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh. The correct course of action would be to remove them. The other way to remedy it would be to increase the size and appoint judges that aren’t paid-off partisan hacks.
— MG (@Standrd_Deviant) January 22, 2019
The ban — and the Court’s decision to temporarily uphold it — drew ire not just from the left, however. Conservative radio host (and Trump critic) Joe Walsh expressed outrage at the military turning down young people who are eager to join up.
Just wrong. Bad decision. Anybody who can meet the military’s standards should be able to serve. Anybody – gay, straight, transgender. Doesn’t matter. If you can cut it, you should be able to serve your country. https://t.co/lC5Pd7BPvP
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 22, 2019