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Late-night hosts blast Trump’s ‘crazy and cruel’ ban on transgender troops

Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, took aim at president Trump for his tweet announcing a ban on transgender troops in the military

Late-nights hosts tore into Donald Trump on Wednesday for his tweet announcing a ban on transgender troops serving in the US military.

I began my day today as I often begin my days, by checking Donald Trumps Twitter feed to see how far the crazy has spread, began Stephen Colbert. And today, I really think hes off his meds. Because today he went from crazy to cruel.

Colbert went on to detail the presidents tweet, sent on Wednesday morning, in which he announced a ban on transgender troops in the military, citing tremendous medical expenses and referring to their service as a disruption.

Why the hell would he do this? Colbert continued, making reference to past Trump statements in which he pledges support for the LGBTQ community. And what the hell does he think the T in LGBT stands for? Trump? Tomato?

Those 15,000 transgender troops who volunteered to serve our country were minding their own business, protecting our freedoms, when they all got fired by tweet, he continued. And keep in mind, they are being rejected by a rich guy who during Vietnam sidestepped the draft with four deferments and a medical disqualification for bone spurs in his foot.

Colbert went on: Lets talk about those tremendous medical costs. Its estimated that healthcare for transgender personnel would add between $2.4m and $8.4m per year to the militarys healthcare budget. To put that into perspective, the military spends five times as much on Viagra.

Why so much Viagra? he continued. Is that why they dont use bayonets anymore?

Trevor Noah of Comedy Central also criticized the presidents new policy: What the fuck? That [tweet] was before 9am. With Trump as president, you dont even need morning coffee. A little bit of him wakes you right up. And too much makes you shit yourself.

Now, like most of Trumps ideas, this ban sounds crazy when you first hear it, he continued. But then he explains it and its way worse.

Noah went on to read Trumps tweet aloud, which he ended with the words thank you.

Thank you? Wow. No one takes away civil rights as politely as Donald Trump, Noah joked. First he says he consulted with his generals, but this morning the Pentagon reportedly had no idea this ban was coming, so that part doesnt seem to be true.

Noah continued: And as far as the reason Trump gave for the ban, he said the military cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs. Just so were on the same page, transgender related medical expenses for the military cost at most $8m a year, also known as .001% of the total military budget. In contrast, taxpayers will be paying $60m per year just for Trump to visit his own properties like Mar-a-Lago. And thats before he orders dessert.

Samantha Bee also addressed Trumps surprising announcement but began by discussing the presidents newest West Wing hire, communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

Last week the batshit telenovela that is our government did what any failing TV show does when faced with backstage chaos and plunging ratings, she said. They replaced one of their characters.

Say goodbye to head-skulker Sean Spicer and say hello to hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci, aka the Mooch, aka No really, please call me the Mooch, aka No its not a stupid nickname, youre a stupid nickname.

Bee continued, chronicling the White House infighting that Scaramucci is charged with mitigating: Hes entering a West Wing so toxic he had to repeatedly assure us he doesnt despise the entire executive branch, she said, referring to Scaramuccis multiple statements, at his inaugural press briefing, regarding his admiration for his new colleagues.

Bee then addressed Trumps tweet, which prompted immediate and bipartisan pushback from senators and congressman.

Thank you? she asked, mocking Trumps sign off. Fuck you.

I know you dont know or care how government works, that has been abundantly clear, but we dont make bullshit discriminatory laws on Twitter, Bee continued. Thats what Congress is for, and even they dont have your back on this one.

Firing thousands of active-duty service members in the middle of the big push against Isis is Trumps version of dont ask, dont tell, she said. He didnt ask anyone if it was a good idea and he didnt tell anyone he was going to do it.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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