Reacting to President Trump’s announcement preventing transgender people in the military, Edie Dixon, a transgender man who identifies as a woman, told the Blaze on July 27 that he agrees with the president’s decision, saying that transgenders are “no better” than diabetics or asthmatics, and “should be disqualified” from the military.
According to the Blaze, Dixon is a Trump supporter and a resident of Oregon.
When the Blaze’s Allie Stuckey asked Dixon for his reaction to Trump’s announcement last week, Dixon replied, “I’m actually very satisfied. This is Trump showing that he is a president for equality, because this isn’t about transgender people, this is about transgender treatment.
“And if you look at the medical disqualifying guidelines of the military that they use, we are medically reliant, and therefore disqualifies us,” he continued.
“We are no better than diabetics. We are no better than asthmatics. We should be disqualified at enlistment because we are medically reliant,” stated Dixon.
“Wow, that’s an interesting perspective, and not one that we’re really hearing from other people of your community,” replied Stuckey. She asked, “So the big question is that I’m hearing asked is ‘can trump be a friend of the LGBT community and still enforce this ban?’”
“Of course,” said Dixon. “Trump has already proven to the LGBT community that he is an ally, especially with the religious executive order where he personally removed all -- any bill regarding the LGBT people, and especially his historic before his election when he was in Colorado when he announced his support for LGBT rights.”
“And this ban -- I still don’t look at it as anti-LGBT move, even with the executive order with the bathroom bill,” continued Dixon. “There has to be compromises, there has to be guidelines. We can’t be reckless with the transgender problem or the transgender issue with the bathroom problem.”
“We can’t be reckless, especially in our military,” he stated.
When Stuckey asked him if it is difficult to support Trump as a transgender person, Dixon replied that he has lost jobs and has been banned from bars and clubs because of his political belief.
Stuckey pointed out that the Left says it is for diversity, and Dixon replied that although the left used to be for freedom … it is now “hypocritical.” “They are not for tolerance anymore. They are not for free speech anymore.”
He also said that the LGBT movement has become “a liberal agenda movement.”
Stuckey asked as a final question, “Are you pleased with Trump’s presidency so far. Do you think he’s doing the things that you and your community want him to do?”
Dixon answered, “Oh, most definitely. Of course, like with any president, there are things you do disagree with. I am not a one-issue voter. I am not party-loyal. I am a devout constitutionalist, so I lean toward whoever is more constitution.”
“And I feel that Trump is doing a great job at protecting the United States and our people. And that should be the focus right now. That is where my point is."
“And that is the importance of politics in our country is not where I go to the bathroom. It’s are we letting in hundreds and thousands of refugees who are going to slaughter us?” stated Dixon. “That is where my mind is at, and I think that’s where Trump’s mind needs to be at.”
“We don’t need any more political correctness in this country,” he said. “We need truth, and we need safety, not political correctness. And giving people an extra privilege to go into the military just because of political correctness, to me, is a special right. That is not equal rights.”