Levin on Trans Military Ban: When Did This Become a Civil Rights Issue?

By Michael Morris | July 28, 2017 | 2:21pm EDT
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin (Flickr Photo/Labeled for Reuse)

Mark Levin, speaking on President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban on his nationally syndicated radio program Thursday, asked, “When did this become a civil rights issue?”

“When did this become a civil rights issue?” Mark Levin asked. “Did somebody run on this? Did Obama run on this? No. Same with our bathrooms, since when did our bathrooms become a civil rights issue?”

Levin’s remarks came as a result of President Trump’s recent tweets on transgenders in the military, whereby the president advised that the “United States Government will not accept or allow…… …...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

Below is a transcript of Levin’s comments from his show Thursday:

“The United States military is not a place where each individual gets to self-express. A guy thinks he’s a gal. A gal thinks she’s a guy. They expect the military to pay for the sex change. The guy dresses as a gal. The gal dresses as a guy. That’s fine in the privacy of your own home.

“The fact of the matter is, the fact of the matter is, it’s not until the last year or so that this whole transgender issue became an issue at all – because we live in the world of the left – and they seek to impose their culture on the rest of society.

“It wasn’t a battle at the agriculture department or the energy department at the EPA. No. They wanted to conquer the defense department, and unfortunately we have some admirals and some generals who are PC, who are PC. And maybe they’re holdovers from the Obama era. I don’t know.

“But if the Commander-in-Chief believes, and rightly so in many respects, that these issues have no place in the military, then they have no place in the military.

“I don’t know, how many transgender people work on John McCain’s staff? I don’t know. I’m just curious. Or Lindsey Graham’s staff, or any of their staff.

“This is not about an individual’s desire to express him or herself. It’s not about an individual’s so-called civil rights, as that term has now been perverted. It’s not about them at all.

“It’s about the United States military, where you learn discipline, where you learn to follow orders, and you learn to do things that most of us are incapable of doing – putting our lives on the line to protect our fellow citizens.

“This isn’t some political science class at Harvard. It’s the United States military. And most of the people who impose these policies on the military have never served in the military, don’t like the military and sit in their classrooms and concoct these social engineering ideas.

“Now, that’s apart from the ridiculous expense that the military has to spend on such things, and so forth and so on.

“Transgendering individuals are a tiny, teeny-weeny percentage of the population. So why are we so focused on this?

“When did this become a civil rights issue? Did somebody run on this? Did Obama run on this? No. Same with our bathrooms, since when did our bathrooms become a civil rights issue?

“If you have male genitalia, you go over there. If you have female genitalia, you go over there. It’s that simple.

“What if I’m transgendering or transitioning or whatever-ing? Well, what if you are? If you still have male genitalia, you go over there. If you still have female genitalia, go over there.

“But, you know, the NBA will boycott North Carolina, you know, if they don’t buckle under.

“And so here we are, the United States military, the president has decided, and I think rightfully so, ‘Look, this was Obama’s decision. He did it by executive fiat. I’m undoing it by fiat.’

“To hear these Repubicans in Congress is just grotesque.

“How many Republicans in the United States Congress ran on the issue of transgendering rights? I’m just curious. And what does that mean, transgendering rights? I don’t even know what it means.

“Do you know what it means, Mr. Producer? I don’t know what it means. Does it mean I have to pay for something again. That’s pretty much the way we define rights.

“So they’re bringing some discipline and order back to the Department of Defense. Good. Good.

“I’m more worried about our generals and admirals protecting this country from North Korea, and Russia, and China, and Iran and the rest of them. That should be our focus, not using civilians and military personnel – hundreds, if not thousands – to ensure that some memo that comes out of some phony mastermind, out of the White House or somewhere else, telling us, ‘From now on this bathroom will be used this way. And from now on this guy and gal can do this and that.

“Forget it! Forget it.”

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