‘My Muslim Friends Tell Me’: GOP Congressman Claims ‘Radical Islamists’ Will Use Trans Troops As Recruiting Tool
Texas Representative Louie Gohmert rose to the House floor on Friday to deliver a transphobic speech warning Americans that transgender members of the U.S. military are an “advertising bonanza” for “radical Islamists,” and that being transgender is a “type of lifestyle.”
Gohmert, who has a long history of making offensive transphobic and homophobic comments, delivered his floor speech after the House rejected a measure intended to reverse an Obama-era requirement that the Defense Department pay for service members’ hormone therapies and gender reassignment surgeries. The measure was narrowly voted down 214-209.
“When it’s advertised that the United States Congress is in favor of taking men and surgically making them into women with the money that they would use to protect the nation otherwise…then it is an advertising bonanza for the radical Islamists,”
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