Buddy Carter on transgender troops: ‘I don’t want ’em serving in the military’

 

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter speaks during a town hall at Bible Baptist Church in Savannah on Thursday. Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP

At the last of his nine town hall meetings on the Georgia coast last night, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter drew “jeers and boos” when he defended his use of a colloquial threat against certain Republicans in the opposite chamber, according to the Savannah Morning News.

“Somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass,” Carter had said last month – on MSNBC – after the collapse of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to keep alive the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Said Carter on Thursday, according to the newspaper:

“That is a phrase that was used in our neighborhood that meant, get your act together,” Carter said to jeers and boos. “That’s exactly what those senators need to do. They need to get their act together because, right now, they’re holding up health care.”

But in Georgia’s LGBT community, Carter may take more heat for remarks made a day earlier about President Donald Trump’s Twitter-issued ban on transgender troops. “I don’t want ’em serving in the military. I’m sorry,” the Pooler Republican said according to a Twitter report from a Washington Post reporter that is only now circulating.

According to the Georgia Voice, Carter and U.S. Sen. David Perdue are two of only a handful of congressional Republicans who have endorsed Trump’s move.

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Two of the most sobering paragraphs you’re likely to read today come from the Washington Post:

A December 2016 assessment by the Congressional Research Service stated that the president “does not need the concurrence of either his military advisors or the U.S. Congress to order the launch of nuclear weapons.” Additionally, the assessment said, “neither the military nor Congress can overrule these orders.”

The reason is simple: The system is set up for the United States to launch an attack within minutes, so that if the United States is under a nuclear attack, it can respond almost instantly, said Bruce Blair, a former nuclear watch officer. Trump would presumably meet with Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, before launching a preemptive attack, but it would “really be uncharted territory” if they sought to stall or slow down an order from the president, Blair said.

And yes, we have a morning Twitter message from the White House: “Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

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Veteran Republican activist Jason Anavitarte, a big booster of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio,  is considering a bid to become the Republican National Committeeman from Georgia. It’s a gig that’s being vacated by GOP attorney Randy Evans, who is said to be in line to become the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.

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At the state Capitol, House Democrats plan to push for changes to the state’s voting rules, spurred by the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to back Ohio’s legal fight over purging of infrequent voters from its election rolls.

The federal government’s decision is a reversal of the position under the Obama administration. It supports an Ohio process that mails warnings to voters who have sat out elections for two years. Those who don’t cast ballots in the next two federal elections, or otherwise contact officials, are then purged from the rolls.

Georgia has a “no contact” rule of three years that House Minority Leader Bob Trammell said the caucus will target as “simply undemocratic.”

“We should strive for laws that seek to encourage participation, not disqualify people based simply on their failure to vote within three years,” said Trammell. “We should be suspect any time the government imposes burdens on an individual’s right to vote.”

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A new analysis from the Wharton School, President Donald Trump’s alma mater, estimates that a bill co-authored by U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, intended to cut legal immigration by half,  would lower the nation’s GDP by 0.7 percent and lead to 1.3 million fewer jobs in a decade.

“You don’t need a model, especially a flawed model like this one, to understand the benefits of a merit-based immigration system that prioritizes nuclear families,” a Perdue spokesperson said in an email, which pointed to polling data from the limited immigration advocacy group NumbersUSA.

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Could this be seen as Tom Price pivoting on Obamacare? The Los Angeles Times points to a comment the health secretary made on Fox News Wednesday, in which he urged Congress to act on health care:

“Both folks in the House and the Senate, on both sides of the aisle frankly, have said that Obamacare doesn’t work, and it needs to be either repealed or fixed,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on the Fox News program “Fox & Friends.” “So the onus is on Congress,” he said.

If he is indeed talking about fixing the Affordable Care Act rather than just repealing it, that would constitute a major policy shift for Price himself and the Trump administration more broadly.

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Speaking of Tom Price, the Washington Examiner and several other news outlets reported last night that  the former Georgia congressman was booed Wednesday evening when he threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game against the Marlins. The assessment from Raw Story:

Alan Dershowitz was right about one thing: Washingtonians really don’t like President Donald Trump or his administration.

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If you’re a TV news director, this is where you’re sending your satellite truck tonight: At the Elliott Street Pub in Atlanta, the Fulton County sheriff’s office is teaming up with Atlanta Metal Arts to “artistically destroy” weapons collected during a June gun buy-back program.

Liquid iron, heated to 5,000 degrees, will be poured over the disabled weapons.

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227 comments
Vicki Reynolds
Vicki Reynolds

We don't want YOU in Congress. You are an embarrassment to Georgia.

Dale Meeks
Dale Meeks

As well they should not. Many medical conditions stop people from serving and many are less counter productive to military life than being transgender .

Tim Boone
Tim Boone

The mouth of the South!! House passed a worthless piece of junk bill so fools like this could pas the problem to the Senate and then yell at the. He is a disgusting excuse for a human being,

Mark Butler
Mark Butler

He fears transgender people....must be affraid he might find them irresistible.

Cliff Whalen
Cliff Whalen

yanno Mark, he's just too obsessed on what's between their legs than maintaining a decent military strength. Very sad I think.

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Morgan Gruver
Morgan Gruver

We don't want you serving Georgia, you back woods country bumpkin

Ernie Haskins
Ernie Haskins

Military is not a social experiment we need to trust the person next to us is of sound mind , mentally strong and it don't give me faith that the person is confused about their sex when the answer is obvious by what is or is not between their legs no continued education or degree needed to figure that out. If they want to serve start a branch

John Guzzardo
John Guzzardo

I get a huge charge out of religious conservatives going batty over stuff like this, but then you have preachers and deacons getting nailed for child porn and molestation. Put the focus on the REAL enemy. As I said before, given the choice between straight guy who couldn't hit the broad side of a barn and a TG who could pick off Kim Jong Un at 300 yards with just a pistol, I choose the TG.

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I was there and heard Buddy Carter say he "worked for the president and supported him 110%" . I am confused, I thought he worked for us.

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Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Carter is a doof - he has no idea what he's speaking about. This man should NOT be engaged in the writing of or implementation of public policy. This is a horrible reflection for our state. This is beyond uninformed and sad.....

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

Agree with Buddy Trans have a mental problem military protects us and they need to be normal people

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

They don't belong in the military period and of discussion

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

What a kind person. Robert solved folks, Thomas says it's a no go. No reason why, it's just a no! Thanks to god he's not in charge of anything important ........

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Thomas Meduri Can we look at your research and credible evidence that supports your opinion? Otherwise unsupported opinion can easily be dismissed with any other conjecture, speculation or personal feelings.

John Ring
John Ring

A combat Veteran during Rep. Buddy Carter's town hall in Bryan County spoke up. He served 28 years on 7 different deployments. He said, not quoted, I served with transgenders on the front lines with no issues. We are all soldiers fighting for this country. If someone who is transgender is willing to sacrifice their life, why should politicians have a say in the matter. And ended his words with, you all need to GROW up. #LisaRingforCongress2018 #Flipthe1st #Ringin2018

Phillip Payne
Phillip Payne

Transgenders are mentally ill and need professional help.

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

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Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Phillip Payne no they are not. They're human beings. And Americans. With souls and feelings and families and hopes and dreams. Just like you and me. Exactly like you and me.....

Phillip Payne
Phillip Payne

Erik Moore they are human beings but there is mental issue. Its not normal or natural for a man or woman to dress or act as the opposite sex.

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Phillip Payne You're entitled to your opinion but not your own set of facts. Are you uncomfortable with difference? Nineteen other countries already allow transgender men and women to serve their country. The Department of Defense worked with RAND, a public policy research organization, to evaluate the implications of integrating trans soldiers. Its studies of foreign militaries found that such integration had no negative impact on battle readiness or unit cohesion. In fact, the report found, “the policies had benefits for all service members by creating a more inclusive and diverse force." Also, the military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would on transgender troops’ medical care- WP According to the American Psychiatric Association "Gender Dysphoria or even nonconformity" is not a mental disorder. The increased risk of psychological distress among trans people is caused by prejudice against them and the stress and hardship that prejudice can cause." Gender Dysphoria is not a mental illness. Your unsupported personal because I say so opinion doesn't count.

Phillip Payne
Phillip Payne

Tom Alfred I see it as a disorder. No matter what they do to cover up or hide the gender they were born with, they will still be the gender they were born with. Can't change DNA.

Misty Walst
Misty Walst

You know what is truly disgusting? Bigoted ignorance.

Phillip Payne
Phillip Payne

Misty Walst ignorance is ignoring the truth.

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Phillip Payne According to the American Psychiatric Association "Gender Dysphoria or even nonconformity" is NOT a mental disorder. The increased risk of psychological distress among trans people is caused by prejudice against them and the stress and hardship that prejudice can cause." But since you bring up Gender, what gender is a person who looks female externally but who has XY chromosomes? Look up Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. What gender is a person who looks male externally but who has XX chromosomes? Look up Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. What gender is a person who is X0? What gender is a person who is XXY? What gender is a person who has both XX and XY cells scattered throughout their body? Look up chimeras, who are formed from the fusion of two embryos in the uterus. What gender is a person who has both male and female parts? Look up Intersex. Is Gender not a social construct? As you may know (or not) body parts does not define gender.

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Phillip Payne Can we see your evidence that supports your opinion? Unsupported opinions, conjecture and speculation can easily be dismissed with any other unsupported strong opinion, conjecture or speculation. Because I say so opinions simply don't make for good public policy without credible evidence. Most importantly, can you answer the following questions? What gender is a person who looks female externally but who has XY chromosomes? Look up Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. What gender is a person who looks male externally but who has XX chromosomes? Look up Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. What gender is a person who is X0? What gender is a person who is XXY? What gender is a person who has both XX and XY cells scattered throughout their body? Look up chimeras, who are formed from the fusion of two embryos in the uterus. What gender is a person who has both male and female parts? Look up Intersex. Is Gender not a social construct? As you may know (or not) body parts do not define gender. If these questions are too difficult, perhaps you can thoughtfully explain the gender of the 1 in 1500 folks who are born Intersex. Body parts of both biological males and females. What process determines their gender? Please explain (note: explain mosaic genetics both XX and XY).

Phillip Payne
Phillip Payne

Tom Alfred your either male or female. Nothing else.

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Phillip Payne that's great you're saying it's up to individuals to determine their own gender identity or up to someone else (using a magic wand perhaps) to pronounce, assert or declare? If not, can you thoughtfully explain the gender of the 1 in 1500 folks who are born Intersex. Body parts of both biological males and females. What process determines their gender? Please explain (note: include mosaic genetics both XX and XY). Lets make this real easy — say you have an intersex child... how would you come up with your declaration, assertion or pronouncement?????? Would stomping up and down yelling at your child "Your either male or female" be the very best approach?

Phillip Payne
Phillip Payne

Tom Alfred not what I'm saying at all. What genitalia you born with is what you are and you can't change that.

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Phillip Payne Ok, thanks for the clarification. Then what "are" folks who have BOTH male and female body parts (genitalia)???? And yes, you can change that.. hacking, cut and slice, snip snip and drilling are some surgical procedures along with hormones. You disagree? Since you seem to be in the know.. I asked you what process is used to make those determinations.. ??? Some even suggest that Christians gather around a intersex child and vote on the matter. Much like young children vote on the sex of a kitten.

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Phillip Payne Was my question above not clear? I can try to better explain Inter-sex children born with both male and female genitalia if there is confusion??? But on the chance you DO understand, allow me the opportunity to continue........?? So then, after 10 or so Christians put their measuring tapes away, voted and assigned the inter-sex child male or female, the doctors brought out their drills, machete's and hack saws and went about their work. After they were done the doctors told the anxious parents, "Now you have a perfect little boy OR girl." Then instructed the parents to start dressing them as such so the child grows up matching what the good Christians voted for. Except when the child turned 5 or 6 and their gender identity began to develop, problems became apparent. Their internal sense of self did not match what the doctors had done and parents usually wouldn't tell them.. Too late now. Stepping back for a moment. Everyone "thought" a penis or vagina made one male or female. This was clearly not the case. Today, the inter-sex community encourages the medical and Christian community to wait until the child's gender identity is developed.. So THE young adult can make the choice for THEMSELVES before any surgery is performed. Are we ready to move on to the Transgender issue? Let me know.... What say you?

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Phillip payne crickets chripping? What say you about Mosaic XX and XY genetics cells throughout the body? You know that DNA stuff you talked about earlier?