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Daughter of US cabinet member calls Trump a ‘know-nothing piece of s**t’

Daughter of US cabinet member calls Trump a ‘know-nothing piece of s**t’

Daughter of US cabinet joins critics of the trans ban

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.

Trump announced last week in a memo his ban would go into effect in March 2018. People quickly expressed their outrage and there are numerous lawsuits already in place.

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.’

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.