A transgender retired Navy SEAL wants President-elect Donald Trump to know she is willing to do anything to help his upcoming administration.
‘I’ll carry their coffee if that’s what they want — just so I’m there, just so I’m visible and I exist, and so they see a veteran who is going through life who maybe they don’t understand,’ she said to Military.com. ‘Maybe with that understanding, they can build some compassion and they’ll understand what liberty means to me.’
Beck has received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. This year she ran for a congressional seat in Maryland, but lost in the Democratic primary. She has been critical of politicians opposed to trans troops openly serving. In 2015, during the Republican primary, former Governor Mike Huckabee noted the military’s function ‘is to protect America. I’m not sure how paying for transgender surgery for soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines makes our country safer.’
In a Daily Daily Beast article, Beck pushed back.
‘Right now he’s being derogatory and disrespectful to a huge part of the nation—with the amount of transgender people in America who have wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters,’ she said.
This past October she used Twitter to call out then candidate Trump when he expressed doubts of open service at a campaign rally.
‘I served my country; I fought for life, liberty and happiness; and I’m not allowed to have it myself,’ she said to Military.com. ‘This is my country, waving a flag and talking about liberty. We talk about liberty, liberty, liberty. And I keep saying, “This is my individual liberty.”‘
She repeated her ideas about service and liberty on Twitter:
— Kristin Beck (@TheLadyValor) November 26, 2016