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DC judge becomes commander in chief, restores transgender service

DC judge becomes commander in chief, restores transgender service

The president is no longer in charge of the military that he is constitutionally mandated to lead, according to a Washington, D.C., judge’s recent actions.

On Monday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly blocked President Trump’s impending ban on transgender individuals who serve in the military. She also blocked Trump’s order to stop the military from recruiting people who identify as transgender.

The president is no longer in charge of the military that he is constitutionally mandated to lead, according to a Washington, D.C., judge’s recent actions.

On Monday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly blocked President Trump’s impending ban on transgender individuals who serve in the military. She also blocked Trump’s order to stop the military from recruiting people who identify as transgender.

Trump cited his constitutional authority and the importance of evidence and morale, versus mere social statements and political correctness: 

“I am directing the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, to return to the longstanding policy and practice on military service by transgender individuals that was in place prior to June 2016 until such time as a sufficient basis exists upon which to conclude that terminating that policy and practice would not have the negative effects discussed above. 

“The Secretary of Defense, after consulting with the Secretary of Homeland Security, may advise me at any time, in writing, that a change to this policy is warranted.”

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has not made it clear why she believes she has the authority to overrule the commander in chief on military staffing matters.

As Daniel Horowitz has exhaustively pointed out on CR, the overreaching action of federal judges has become commonplace nationwide. Federal judges continue to defy the Constitution and assert their political will onto local, state, and federal legislators.

(First reported by the Conservative Review)  https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/dc-judge-becomes-commanderinchief-restores-transgender-service  (November 1, 2017)

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