Federal District Courts Stand Firm in Striking Down the Ban on Transgendered Persons Serving in the Military, Wide Outrage Over Racist “Pocahontas” Remark at White House Native-American Event, and #GivingTuesday
Judge Colleen Koilar-Kotelly clarified her earlier order granting a preliminary injunction prohibiting the military from refusing to enlist transgendered individuals. In her prior ruling Koiler-Kotelly, who sits in the Washington D.C. federal district court, found that the purpose of the ban was “disapproval of transgender people generally.” She also found that the reasons given for the ban “do not appear to be supported by any facts.” Similarly, Judge Marvis J. Garvis, sitting in a federal district court in Baltimore, Maryland, recently issued a preliminary junction noting the “capricious, arbitrary” nature of the ban. Judge Garvis’ 53-page Opinion can be found here.
At a White House event honoring native-American veterans, specifically including Navaho “code-talkers,” who served in World War II, President Trump renewed his jab at Senator Elizabeth Warren, by calling her “Pocahontas.” The derogatory remark was met with silence by attendees. It also sparked immediate outrage from a wide spectrum of individuals, including not only the family members of the native-American in attendance, but numerous other civic and political leaders such as Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Senators John McCain and Elizabeth Warren, and other members of Congress.
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