It’s officially been nine years since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the anti-LGBTQ rule that plagued the United States armed forces for 17 years. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the opportunity to post about the occasion on Twitter – and others followed suit. Some a bit more positive than others.
They told us throwing out “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would damage our military.
They told us “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was essential protecting America.
They were wrong.
Nine years after DADT was finally repealed, our military is stronger for it. pic.twitter.com/lISapTYz4R
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 22, 2019
What’s more – “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is ALSO the Trump Administration’s core team slogan! https://t.co/xUpj0Ny5TG
— Katniss Pelosi (@KatnissPelosi) December 23, 2019
December 22, 2010 – “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the federal law barring homosexuals from serving in the U.S. military, is repealed by Congress. President Barack Obama signs the repeal into law.
— Tim Evanson (@TimintheCLE65) December 22, 2019
#OTD in 2010 President Barack Obama signed a law effectively repealing the 17-year-old policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military. #LGBTQ #dadt pic.twitter.com/S7s8fE5hcA
— Dempsey O’Dwyer (@DempseyODwyer) December 22, 2019
#OTD in 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law allowing gays for the first time in history to serve openly in America’s military, repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. @evanvucci pic.twitter.com/8NNZy6bWGY
— AP Images (@AP_Images) December 22, 2019
#HarveyMilk was one of the first openly LGBTQ+ elected officials in our country. Harvey “Gotta give ’em hope” Milk was assassinated in 1978. 41 years later, 8 years after #DADT repeal went into effect, the Navy is honoring Harvey with #USNSHarveyMilk ▶️ https://t.co/TIuGJXplOv https://t.co/YmpF3Xx2NO
— PFAW (@peoplefor) December 22, 2019
The construction of the U.S.S. Harvey Milk shows just how far the military has come in the decades since, with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010. https://t.co/yF33xQaUwE
— Out Magazine (@outmagazine) December 22, 2019
As we mark 9 years since President Obama signed the repeal of DADT, we recommit to ending the Trump-Pence administration’s reckless ban on transgender service members. The military and our nation will be stronger when all trans troops can once again serve their country openly.
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 22, 2019
Yep. I remember in the 90s people “were terrified” except not really, about gay men in the bathroom with kids. DADT? gays in the showers with our poor defenseless soldiers. (Wtf?)
— LincLivesLarge (@Sealinc22) December 21, 2019
And then you have people like these right here.
9 years ago, we celebrated the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 🇺🇸🏳️🌈. Trump has made us weaker with his unilateral transgender military ban. The next NDAA passed by Congress should repeal the restriction on transpeople serving in the military. Period. #ProtectTransTroops https://t.co/V8ThociuOr
— Kai Kahele (@kaikahele) December 22, 2019
DADT was commanded into policy by Bill Clinton, a democrat.
y’all really do get off on huffing your own farts don’t you? https://t.co/9HnJAXwLib
— 🚩Millicent Ⓥ pronoun user 🏴🛠️💛🛡️ (@gayforgrils) December 22, 2019
As someone who didn’t come out until their mid twenties and was serving under DADT that had to deal with a ton of homophobic assholes because you have no choice, this is a completely fucked up attack line. Fuck this. https://t.co/nHykgqytf6
— Spencer Trask ⚛️🏳️🌈🇺🇸🖖🏻 (@trask_spencer) December 22, 2019
LOL our military is stronger because of President Trump; not DADT! https://t.co/uhn4pwhj4O
— Tweety (@blaster51) December 22, 2019
Desperate and ‘out-of-control’ Trump might prompt violent insurrection to stay in office: columnist
Writing for the Daily Beast, columnist Michael Tomasky made a strong case that Donald Trump has removed any doubt that he is "morally unfit" to be president and, faced with the possibility he may not be re-elected, could resort to encouraging his followers to take up arms in his defense.
"Naively, I always thought that even Donald Trump would stop short of actually inciting violence. I mean, he’s the president of the United States," Tomasky began before adding, "History means nothing to him, and the future means even less. Presidents—all presidents, even ones I didn’t like—think about the office, the future implications of their actions, the future of our institutions."
Trump is ‘capable of reading’ a unifying message — but it’s doubtful he’ll mean it: Atlanta mayor
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During an interview on CNN, host Alisyn Camerota asked Bottoms about actions Trump could possibly take to calm nerves and bring the country together.
"What about the debate that we are told is going on in the White House, as to whether or not the president should at this moment make some sort of national statement and call for unity?" she asked. "Would you like to see that?"
Protests around the world: This time it’s different
A profound, historical difference separates the protests across America the past six days from past eruptions of anger over police violence against black men and women. It’s a difference that isn’t showing up news reports, televised or print even though it’s quite apparent.
The differences are where these demonstrations are taking place and who is protesting,
In Los Angeles, the demonstrators were not in the poor and historically black neighborhood known as Watts, but in Beverly Hills and the city’s prosperous West Side. Many of those demonstrating were white. In some places a majority were white.