One military veteran had some harsh words for President Trump on Instagram after the POTUS announced he would be banning trans people from serving in the armed forces.
Jennifer Detlefsen, who served in the Navy, referred to Trump as a “know-nothing, never-served piece of shit” in a July post responding the president’s initial tweets on the subject of transgender military service. He claimed that allowing trans troops to enlist would entail “tremendous medical costs and disruption,” allegations that have since been debunked.
“This man is a disgrace,” Detlefsen said in a July 26 Instagram post. “I’ve tried to keep politics out of my social media feed as much as possible, but this is inexcusable. This veteran says sit down and shut the fuck up.”
She added #ITMFA to the post, a popular hashtag used to call for Trump’s impeachment.
This post could cause some disruption for the White House: Detlefsen is the daughter of Ryan Zinke, Trump’s Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary of the Interior is responsible for overseeing the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Detlefsen said in an email to CNN that her comments solely reflect her personal opinions, not those of her powerful father.
“My views are my own and not at all related to my father’s position,” millions of other people have said the same as I did, and more eloquently,” claimed Detlefsen, who currently works as an artist in Virginia. “The thousands of transgender military service members who are under attack by this administration are the ones who should be given a chance to have their voices heard.”
After a month of speculation, Trump signed a memo on Friday effectively reversing a year-old Obama administration decision that allowed trans people to serve openly for the first time.
That directive, while preventing transgender people from enlisting in the military, also gives Gen. James Mattis wide latitude to remove trans troops from active duty. It allows the Defense Secretary to discharge service members based on the criteria of “military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant.”
The policy is set to be fully implemented by next March.
The White House has yet to respond to Detlefsen’s remarks and did not reply to CNN’s request for comment. She has yet to take down the Instagram post.