Former New York Times columnist Mark Steyn has a new take on President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.
Steyn wrote an opinion piece on Sunday for the New York Post about the administration’s transgender ban.
The administration is considering whether to lift the ban, Steyn argued.
“It’s as if they have no idea what they’re doing,” Steyn told the New Yorker’s David Remnick.
“I think it’s a real issue.
It’s like having to go into a military hospital for medical treatment.”
Steyn said he is unsure if he would have served in the Navy had the ban been lifted.
“There was no question about my service.
And I did what I could,” he wrote.
“But I didn’t go into the military because I wanted to serve.”
Trump’s decision to ban transgender service members has prompted a firestorm of criticism, including from celebrities and some lawmakers.
Steen, who wrote about the ban in his 2010 book, “In Defense of Marriage,” also said he thinks the ban is “disgusting.”
“It is not true that transgender people are not patriots,” he said in an interview with The Washington Times.
“They are patriots.”
Steen said he didn’t think it would be fair to make a blanket judgment about whether transgender people should be allowed to serve in the armed forces.
“To me, it’s more important to understand how you can’t have a country when the military is dominated by people who are a different color than you,” he told Remnick, adding that he is “very concerned” about the effect the ban could have on military readiness.
In a recent op-ed, former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called the Trump administration’s ban a “mistake” and called on the president to repeal it.
“When we hear that transgender troops are being allowed to enlist, the first thing that comes to mind is how could we recruit the best and brightest to serve?”
Bachmann wrote in an op-a-post on CNN.
“And we can’t do it when we have a president who has called for the use of torture to extract information from the Muslim world.”
Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that the ban was “a huge mistake” and that the military should be able to “mention the names and dates of every service member who is currently serving.”
He also told reporters on Air Force One that he was “very confident” the ban would be overturned, adding, “This is not the time for any kind of controversy.”