Lady Gaga, a long time ally of the LGBTQ community, will not stand for President Donald Trump’s ban of transgender individuals in the military.
Lady Gaga joined a number of other musicians who were speaking out against the decision like Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and more. Gaga thought she was making a great point when she tweeted President Donald Trump about his announcement that he wants to ban transgenders from serving in the military.She was stopped in her tracks when Iraq War veteran J.R. Salzman fired back at Gaga using her own words against her.
The president announced Wednesday morning that he was banning those who identify as transgender from serving in any capacity in our armed forces. His tweets became a trending topic and everyone on Twitter seemed to have something to say about the president’s message.
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
Lady Gaga was one of those people, and though she thought she would try and prove a point to the president. Instead, she made his point for him. Salzman quickly called her out on her ignorance.
“@Potus Sincerely, did you know of the group you singled out today, 45% of them ages (18 to 24) have attempted suicide already?” Gaga’s tweet read.
The tweet was retweeted thousands of times and had over 41,000 “loves” as a result of so many liberals thinking Gaga was right on target with her statement. She was correct with her statistics, according to Williams Institute, 45 percent of 18-24 year old transgender people indeed have attempted suicide.
While her stats were correct, her logic was off base. Her tweet earned her a lot of replies, but the award for most epic response goes to Salzman. When a U.S. veteran who lost an arm serving in Iraq took on celebrities and media to voice his support of President Donald Trump’s ban on transgenders in the military Wednesday, he set off a social media firestorm.
“So your solution is to give them a weapon, and send them off into combat where lives depend on mental and emotional stability under stress?” he said.
So your solution is to give them a weapon, and send them off into combat where
lives depend on mental and emotional stability under stress? https://t.co/wirrkeZjVt
— J.R. Salzman
(@jrsalzman) July 27, 2017
In January, Salzman took on Meryl Streep’s politically-charged, anti-Trump, Golden Globe Awards rant – and producer Judd Apatow’s praise of it – with social media posts of his military service and injury. As war veteran David French from The National Review wrote, “The military has to make hard choices on the basis of odds, probabilities, and centuries of hard-earned experience. Our national existence — ultimately, our very civilization — depends on getting those answers right.”