Trump Just Banned Trans People From The Military. George Takei’s Response Is Brutal.

Actor George Takei, notable for his many takes on President Donald Trump’s policies and opinions, just gave his blistering thoughts on the president’s latest decision to transgender persons from serving in the U.S. military.

“History shall record that you are not only the stupidest, most incompetent president ever, but also the cruelest and pettiest,” Takei wrote, referencing all three of Trump’s tweets that made the official declaration of the ban. Takei ended his tweet with the hashtag #Shame.

Takei, himself a gay activist in the LGBTQ community who officially came out in 2005, knows a thing or two about bigotry and discrimination. As a young child, Takei and his family were uprooted from their homes and placed in a Japanese internment camp, where he lived for several years during the duration of World War II.

This, perhaps, gives Takei’s words even more weight: even though President Franklin Roosevelt signed the executive order that displaced his family (and resulted in the deaths of many of Japanese-American citizens), Takei still considers Trump, who has only served six months as president, as history’s “cruelest and pettiest” president.

Trump made the announcement on Wednesday morning, stating that he had consulted with his generals about what actions he should take regarding the issue of transgender individuals serving in the armed forces. Yet it’s unclear just who the president spoke with — many generals have at least tacitly supported the move to allow soldiers who are transgender to serve since the measure was introduced in 2016.

Additionally, it seems that the move was more political than anything else: Jonathan Swan, a reporter from Axios, said that he spoke with an anonymous Trump official, who said that the move was meant to force Democrats in Rust Belt states to discuss the issue in the 2018 midterm elections.

Takei added a few more tweets of his own following his comments above.



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