McCain Blasts Trump’s Anti-Trans Tweets: There’s No Reason To Force Trans Americans From The Military

“The president’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made by Twitter. The statement was unclear. The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today. Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are ready to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military – regardless of their gender identify.” – Sen. John McCain, via press release.

  • Burly Stone

    With all due respect…. strike that. You are not due any respect.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Let’s see if he votes no today on repeal. I’m willing to reserve judgement – for a few hours.

      • FAEN

        McCain since 2008-‘I hate such and such bill. It makes no sense and harms the country. I won’t support it’.

        Then he votes for the bill.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          Yup. And may likely happen, but I think I can defer my anger for a few hours till confirmed if he follows that pattern.

      • Tawreos

        He won’t go against his GOP masters when it comes to a vote. He will argue with them but his words won’t match his deeds.

      • Chucktech

        I agree, Larry. Let’s see if staring down his own looming mortality has any moderating effect.

  • That’s a big thanks from Turtle-Head and the Orange Cheeto for supporting their efforts to make even *more* money.

  • Tim

    This guy is like hot and cold, but on this one issue, I will say thank you.

    • He gets diddly over shit from me from now on. Used to think the man had his head on straight. Silly me.

    • TK

      Thanks for what? He’s saying that current members can continue…fuck the rest.

    • Todd20036

      Thanks for voting for Trump? Thanks for brining the repeal of Obamacare to a debate? Thanks for allowing discrimination against the transgendered to continue?

      I say, thanks for nothing.

  • TK
    • Mike__in_Houston

      What are people that young doing taking Viagra? I have known other young guys to take Viagra–not from personal knowledge, you understand, but because that’s what they told me–and I have heard that it is bad for them to start taking it at that age.

      John McCain has actually done some reasonably decent things lately. I’m still not quite ready to forgive him for Sarah Palin, but at least she has been mostly keeping out of sight lately…

      • kcken

        The military is not all YOUNG people. There are plenty of career folks there, and this also includes the vets who still get medical care FROM the military.

      • Hue-Man

        The Joint Chiefs of Staff median age is 58, youngest 34, eldest 64.

    • Bluto

      I’m trying to build up a tolerance for appalling news & behavior. It ain’t workin’.

    • Niblet58

      And let’s not forget how much it costs to have kids… all those military folks who get pregnant or who have spouses who get pregnant… kick them out too! They cost a fuck ton more than the trans folks do.
      I am a military spouse who had one child, it cost me $25 to have her delivered at the hospital and nothing for prenatal care. The taxpayers footed the entire bill (thank you, she’s a great adult and a contributing member of society, unlike Trump’s spawn).

      • Michael

        That’s the thing…the LGBTQ community and their supporters are happy to foot that bill for you and others. We, as a community, usually don’t begrudge the straight community what they have, even when we know that we deserve the same rights and respect. You(through your perseverance) and your spouse(via the service) earned the cheap but excellent pre-natal and childbirth coverage that you received.

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          • Michael

            Fuck off.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Later this week Mccain will vote to ban transgenders from military service…..

    • FAEN


      While giving another speech in support of trans service men and women.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Mccain and lindsey have figured out all that matters is their facetime with the press and the ensuing quote. After the camera lights go dark, nobody is paying attention when they “change their mind”

        • Nationally no one notices. Back home they run ads showing how they VOTED. None of their voters watches CNN or msnbc anyway.

      • Butch

        And the Beltway press will fawn all over him again.

        • FAEN

          Of course.

    • david fairfield


    • Michael

      When words require follow-up actions, cognitive dissonance rules the McCain roost.

    • Gerry Fisher

      That’s his pattern.

    • Richard, another Canuck

      “Later this week Mccain will vote to ban transgenders from military service…..” along with all the rest of the Republican Senators.

  • bkmn
  • TK

    Fuck him. What I’m seeing here is that if you are in then you can stay. But no new Transgender folk allowed.


    • ChrisInKansas

      If that’s true, the lawsuits are going to cost a fucklot more than keeping trans folks in. And he’s going to lose bigly.

  • FAEN
  • JoeMyGod

    Here’s the full thing. Can’t find it on his site yet.

    • FAEN

      Thank you Joe.

  • Treant

    I’m sure he’ll get right on doing something about the limited statement he muttered. Soon. Real soon now.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Brain cancer seems to be an improvement.

    • Treant

      Naw, he’s always been good at talking all Mavericky and shit. When push comes to shove, however, he never pushes.

    • Todd20036

      I’m starting to look forward to reading his obituary

  • Pollos Hermanos

    While I appreciate his support, at this point it just seems like he’s trying to get into heaven at the last minute.

  • joe ho

    Bannon-Trump are using the Putin playbook. Trump’s economic populism is not going to happen. So ramp up anti-minority rhetoric and policies. It will get worse. Wait until the inevitable economic downturn (recession) hits.

    • Brooklyn Joe

      you are so right

    • Blake Jordan

      Anyone who was eligible (and able) to vote in November 2016, and did anything but vote for Sec. Clinton, equally share the blame for the horrors to come!!!!

      • joe ho


        the far-leftists who threw their vote away in protest or stayed home because they got their feelings hurt or thought hillary was not pure enough are especially to blame.

    • I really wish more people would read Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here because Trump’s team either did or they have stumbled into the playbook for a fascist takeover of the US. Populist (empty) promises are made and then quickly forgotten once the power-hungry president takes office. Sound familiar?

      • jerry

        I finally got around to reading that earlier this year. That, as well as “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”. As a mind cleanser between all that, I re-read all the Harry Potter books but–oops–that was also about a fascist takeover.

    • Ranger One

      Wait until the Great Trump Recession.

      He usually runs away clutching money from investors, contractors and employees into the warm embrace of bankruptcy daddy. Not this time.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    O/T: What would be major news is barely a footnote with Trump’s aggressive shit-slinging.

    In a largely party-line 231-190 vote this afternoon, the House passed a Congressional Review Act resolution that, if also adopted by the Senate and signed by the President, would overturn recently finalized rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    Those rules seek to curb the use of “forced arbitration” in many consumers’ financial contracts. These arbitration clauses dictate that any legal dispute between the customer and the bank must be resolved outside of the legal system. Instead, these matters — no matter the scope of the allegation — must go through a closed-door arbitration process, where the results are often confidential, so there is no public record of the alleged wrongdoing.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Not to mention that the arbitrators are usually corrupt, so the deck is doubly stacked.

    • Ginger Snap

      Public Radio did a show on this last week.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        On the evils of arbitration or this bill? I think the vote was only yesterday. And it does have to get through the Senate, but that doesn’t seem unlikely.

        • Ginger Snap

          I was driving to work and didn’t hear from the beginning but it was the topic of discussion.

    • Arbitration always always goes against the employee or customer. I’ve been in binding arbitration. We were screwed from the get-go. I’ll never agree with that again. I’ll walk away before I agree to get fucked over like that again.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Those in power tend to be cowards. The game must be rigged to insure victory, rather than have the confidence in a level playing field and fair outcomes.

    • Niblet58

      Now you know what he was distracting everyone for….

    • Gustav2

      Gee, is that why Richard Cordray is being so coy (meaning he is running) about running for Ohio gov? /s

  • thom

    Even IF the senate could muster up a veto proof bill to allow open service. No way in hell the House could do it

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Joe needs to run in 2020

      • GayOldLady

        Joe’s too old, so are Hillary and Bernie. Time for young people to take the mantle of leadership.

        • FAEN

          While I somewhat agree I feel Joe knows how to get under BLOTUS’ very thin skin as well as connect with the blue collar worker.

          • GayOldLady

            He does those things well, but he’ll be 78 years old in 2020. Hillary will be 73 and Bernie will be 79. I’m older than Hillary and younger than Bernie. I socialize with and love many, many people in their 70’s, but none of them have the stamina, the vitality or the agility that’s required of a POTUS. Time to go young or go home. And by young I mean 45-65.

          • FAEN

            Who do we have on the bench that can effectively take on BLOTUS?

          • GayOldLady

            Kamala Harris, Martin Heinrich, Amy Klobuchar, Chris Murphy, Tammy Duckworth (wouldn’t that be something). That’s a quick look at the Senate.

            I think we need a woman/man, man/woman team. We need youth, well educated, good looking/attractive.

          • Pat

            There is a role for Joe as elder statesman and I don’t say that facetiously. He packs a lot of punch. I am missing people like Ted Kennedy more and more with every passing year, people who stood up for working people.

          • GayOldLady

            I think all of the the elderly pols can play a tremendous role in getting a younger candidate elected, then counseling them along the way. There’s no way to get experience and wisdom without putting some years on the books. I had older mentors that helped me when I first began my career and gave me great guidance and shared their wisdom. They’re all gone now, but I still remember who carried me on their shoulders.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            So constraining Joe’s voice by running for President can’t possibly be good.

        • Ernest Endevor

          If only. It would seem that the vast amount of money needed is shutting them out.

          • GayOldLady

            When a candidate demonstrates the ability, the poise, the charisma, the correct policy, the money will follow. I’m looking at Kamala Harris.

          • Pat

            I’m looking at her, Adam Schiff, Chris Murphy, Joe Kennedy iii and Jason Kander. Good people out there who would lead with vision and integrity. I’d say Kirsten Gillibrand but she took herself out of speculation, but she’s one scrappy fighter and I’m proud she’s our senator.

          • GayOldLady

            I love Kirsten too, but when she says “no”, I’m sure she means it.

          • Pat

            She’s got young children. Maybe that factored in her decision, and if that’s the case, I’m holding out hope for a future run.

          • Michael

            I think that she’ll end up being the VP. I think that the DNC fears having another woman at the top of the ticket (which is a shame) and will work against her nomination. She is currently at the top of my list.

          • GayOldLady

            I hate to admit it, but I agree. I’m still of the belief that the biggest reason that Hillary lost is because of gender. There are many men and silly ass women who do not believe a woman can handle the presidency or shouldn’t handle the presidency. Unlike Europe, where there were female monarchs to demonstrate historically that women can govern, we have no such history or should I say herstory. Hell, we weren’t included in the Declaration of Independence and weren’t able to vote until after the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, but you’d think that 96 years later at least one woman could have broken that glass ceiling.

          • Michael

            The majority of the women in my family (over the age of 50) did not vote for Hillary precisely because she was a woman. I couldn’t convince them otherwise. The old white man’s club is trembling. I think that they all know that women would do far better jobs than they are currently doing and are thus making one last-ditch effort to delay the inevitable.

          • Ernest Endevor

            I hope you’re right.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          and trump is such a strapping young man?

          • GayOldLady

            Of course he’s not!. He’s a brain addled, over the hill Senior who’s incompetent. There is room at the top for older people of great wisdom and experience, but not POTUS.

      • FAEN

        I would love him to.

      • Michael

        I think that Adam Schiff and Kamala Harris are the most likely front-runners and probably running mates.

    • TK
      • FAEN

        Please! That bloated coward will never do that.

      • DisqusD37

        Then punch him in his bone spur. (…and by bone spur, I mean his dick.)

        • kcken

          I laughed.. 🙂 Although, come to think of it, the bone spur is probably bigger…

  • Bj Lincoln

    What he says in public is the opposite of what he votes. Fucking definition of a hypocrite.

    • FAEN

      No wonder he’s part of the modern day GOP.

  • boobert

    He’ll cave, he always does !

  • Ninja0980

    Coming from the man who fought tooth and nail to keep DADT in place, you’ll forgive me if I don’t believe a word he says.

  • He’s a consummate hypocrite.

  • Ginger Snap

    As long as Americans are willing to fight wars and die for the rich he is okay with that. Healthcare for Americans no fucking way.

  • JWC

    start the twitter snarks against McCain

  • TexasBoy

    “The statement was unclear. ” Uh…no…it was perfectly clear. Your President, GOP, is just a loser. Impeach him already.

  • Brooklyn Joe

    I don’t get this guy – is he a sociopath? A lying hypocrite? He says the right thing often and then the republican alien that lives inside him bursts out and votes against whatever he’s just defended. Not that I have sympathy – but he’s either sociopathic, troubled or demented with brain cancer.

    • kareemachan

      Why not all three.

    • Pat

      Political expediency, plus Cindy got a plush appointment.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Calling all Flying Monkeys! Go vote! Make Whitney sad!

    • Treant

      I actually signed up just to vote No. They apparently think the 51% No result means that they were trolled and the votes are invalid.


      • Pat

        I voted too and looked at the comments. People are whining their yes votes are being tallied as no. Poor fragile people. The account looks a lot like a troll account or something launched by the online army of trolls and basement dwellers.

    • Treant

      Gee, I sign up, vote, and Twitter immediately blocks my account as acting like a bot, asks for my phone number, calls me with a confirmation code, and then tells me there’s a technical problem and they can’t process the confirmation code and re-locks my account.

      I knew there was a reason I never signed up with that piece of shit before, so my Twitter membership lasted about two minutes and good riddance…

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Apparently, Orrin Hatch “stands with transgender Utahns” and against this ban.

  • kareemachan

    Fuck off, McCancerface.

    • yes b’y


    • Treant

      He’s evil, but he’ll be dead soon, so that’s OK.

  • TexasBoy

    It is nice of you to say so, Mr. McCain. However, you and the GOP should have done something much earlier. Now any disagreement you have with Trump will simply be shrugged off and attributed to your brain tumor.

  • Mike in Texas

    Empty words from fake maverick.

  • Jerry Kott

    In the Book “How We Die: Reflections of Life’s Final Chapter “by Sherwin B. Nuland, it is mentioned that for many people, being in the final stages in their lives in the first time many of them have realized the Peace, Honesty gives them.

  • Lazycrockett

    If it was a bill on the senate floor he wouldn’t vote against it.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      This is probably all about his deeply held beliefs about who is supposed to be running the military and calling the, er, shots, more than anything else.

      I do not give a fig for John McCain’s nuance at the moment, though.

  • It looks like McCain found his backbone.

  • Pat

    Sorry Senator “I’ve Got Mine”, I can’t hear you over the pain between my shoulder blades from your backstabbing yesterday that my insurance won’t cover. You’ll say pretty words and vote against trans people anyway in the end. Enjoy your premium health insurance on our dimes.

  • shivadog

    I can never figure out McCain,I wonder if his brain tumor hasn’t affected his mind. He seems so reasonable sometimes and completely nuts sometimes.

    • Lazycrockett

      He hasn’t been reasonable since he lost to Obama.

      • shivadog

        I think he was starting to lose it even before that.

  • Halou

    Trump isn’t going to read a word of that press release.
    Not enough pictures.

  • Mike C

    I’m sure if there was a vote on it now McCain would go forth and vote for the ban.

  • BobSF_94117

    OOooooOOOOOoooooo, he sounds “troubled”…

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Please die.

  • boatboy_srq

    “There is no reason to force service members… to leave the military…”

    And yet there are Reasons® to yank health insurance from millions of US residents.

    [email protected]

  • Dagoril

    Yeah, thanks McJackass. There’s no reason to strip health care from 20+ million people either, but you voted for that shit. Please hurry up and die, you awful human being.

  • AmeriCanadian

    “I like people who don’t have brain cancer”

  • TexasBoy
  • Now only if there were something you could do about this… you know, umm what’s that called… oh yeah, write a law… but too bad you don’t do that, right.

  • The_Wretched

    “major policy announcements should not be made by Twitter”

    ya think?

    So when is the Senate going to get serious about trying to impose regular order on the WH? For that matter – you voted to let Sen.Turtle trash regular order just yesterday McCain. Until and unless the Republicans start following law and tradition, you own the chaos.

  • McCain can still go fuck himself. I never want to hear another word he ever has to say.

    • edrex

      be patient.

    • Etranger

      Seriously! Just a big blowhard who is all talk. He never backs up anything reasonable he says with an actually stand. He is a big old wimp.

      • All his big talks make his actions worse because he continually tells he knows what he’s doing is wrong….and then does it anyway.

        SO done.

  • Will Parkinson

    There’s no reason to take away heal insurance either, you sack of shit.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    cant wait for the tweet from Trump telling us what a loser McCain is

    • Etranger

      I think McCain gets off on it.

  • Scout
  • Ben in Oakland

    Many are serving honorably today?

    Are you aware of any that aren’t?

  • Ben in Oakland

    Weren’t we being told by these very same people that gay people in the military was a threat to the military itself?

    My how times have changed. It’s almost as if all of the garbage they were spewing before was never actually spewed.

  • Etranger

    “But I am all talk and will kiss the president’s butt again when I get back from my next vacation.” This guy is a publicity ham.

  • Mikey
  • teedofftaxpayer

    McCain finally got his head out of his ass. But I wonder for how long.

  • justme

    Well if Johnie can’t see it here it is..
    President Obama gave the country a health care option
    pResident small hands HAS to destroy it..
    President Obama gave the LGBT community the rights every one else has..
    Little Donnie has to destroy that too..

    President Obama dared to call Donnie out on hational TV and let the whole world see how vain, vindictive,small and insecure little Donnie tRump truly is ..And for that anyone that benefited will pay for it..

  • Reality.Bites

    “There’s No Reason To Force Trans Americans From The Military,” said McCain as he scrambled to find an anti-Trans serving in the military bill to vote for.

  • MonochromeMouse

    Crawl back into your hole and die, McCain, you don’t get to act like the good guy anymore, asshole.