September 13, 2017
President Trump has done more than his share of promise-keeping. It's a shame the same can't be said of Senate Republicans. Weeks after the White House took the courageous step to do what military leaders asked on Barack Obama's transgender policy, some GOP members seem intent on undermining the effort, despite voters' outspoken support. When President Trump announced that he was rolling back the radical social experimentation that characterized his predecessor's time in office, Americans cheered. They flocked to the commander-in-chief's Twitter account to rack up almost 400,000 likes for his three-tweet pronouncement.
And who can blame them? The country has waited eight years for a leader who puts America's mission first. Now, in a frustrating turn, a handful of Senate Republicans seem determined to stand in his way. With a bold leader in the White House who's done the things he campaigned on, the GOP can't seem to take the hint that this not only what voters want -- but what's best for the military. The service chiefs have said so, the troops have said so, the research says so, and most importantly, the commander-in-chief says so.
Of course, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) isn't a surprising foe to the president's policy -- nor is liberal Republican Susan Collins (Maine). But the current of disagreement among otherwise conservative Republicans sends a very clear signal that this isn't the same party advertised to voters last November.
Fortunately, President Trump -- unlike a slate of squishy senators -- isn't budging. Asked about the Left's amendment to return the troops to Obama-era social engineering, the White House was clear: "The administration opposes the Sen. Gillibrand amendment," the NSC spokesperson said. "The president signed an EO tasking DOD with implementation." The Pentagon, for its part, is moving forward. "As directed, DOD will develop an implementation plan, which will contain the steps that will promote military readiness, lethality, and unit cohesion, with due regard for budgetary constraints and consistent with applicable law," said spokesperson Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick.
After a rocky summer of misfires and disappointments, the GOP can't afford to betray Americans now. Senate Republicans failed to deliver an Obamacare repeal despite assuring voters over and over they would. Now, after President Trump took the monumental step of undoing Obama's radical social policy, they seem intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. If they do, the message to voters will be very, very clear -- the GOP's protestations over Obama's radical policies were nothing more than political theater. And if they stand in the way of this president, Republicans will take ownership of these dangerous policies that not only undermine our nation's morality -- but endanger America's security.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.