In the ongoing debate regarding the transgender military ban, there’s been an interesting development with the daughter of a US cabinet member.
Let’s catch up first.
Today, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced he’s defying Trump’s memo and will continue to allow trans troops to serve.
Now, a 26 July Instagram post by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s daughter Jennifer Detlefsen is going viral as a shocking and evocative contribution to the debate.
She posted an NPR article to her account and followed it up with the comment: ‘This man is a disgrace. I’ve tried to keep politics out of my social media feed as much as possible, but this is inexcusable. This veteran says sit down and shut the fuck up, you know-nothing, never-served piece of shit. #itmfa #wtf’
The hashtag #itmfa stands for: ‘Impeach the mother-fucker already.’
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This man is a disgrace. I've tried to keep politics out of my social media feed as much as possible, but this is inexcusable. This veteran says sit down and shut the fuck up, you know-nothing, never-served piece of shit. #itmfa #wtf
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The comment is so surprising precisely because it comes from someone connected to the US cabinet. Typically there is a precedent not to speak so openly against the president for someone in a position like Detlefsen.
However, context sheds more light on this decision.
Both Detlefsen and her father are veterans. Detlefsen was part of the US Navy, while her father was a Navy SEAL. As someone who did serve (making a point to mention that Trump never did), this is clearly a personal and profound matter for her.
She denied an interview with CNN but released the following statement:
‘My views are my own and not at all related to my father’s position; millions of other people have said the same as I did, and more eloquently. The thousands of transgender military service members who are under attack by this administration are the ones who should be given a chance to have their voices heard.’
The office of the interior secretary has yet to comment on the matter.