GOP Senate candidate wants to ban all transgender troops
GOP Senate nominee and former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Tuesday he is a supporter of allowing transgender troops to serve in the military.
Bush made the remarks during an interview with Fox News’ “The Five” in which he defended his position that transgender troops are already serving and that they should be allowed to serve openly.
He also defended his support for allowing transgender soldiers to serve.
“We are still very much in the process of figuring out exactly how we go about this, but I am in favor of allowing them to serve, because I believe they’re doing a good job,” Bush said on Fox News Channel.
“I think they’re better than the people who are currently in the infantry, and I think that it’s more important that they be in the combat force.”
Bush is running for re-election in a state that Trump won in 2016, and his comments about allowing transgender people to serve is the latest to back up his pledge to allow them to do so.
The GOP nominee also said in 2016 that he would allow transgender troops in the armed forces to serve if he is elected.
“I would not be opposed to letting them serve openly,” Bush told The Associated Press.
“That’s what we should do.
If we have to change the constitution to allow for a certain thing, I would certainly support it.
And I would be for that change.”
Bush, who is the son of a former Florida state senator and former governor, also called the transgender policy “disgraceful” and said the military should not discriminate.
“The military should never be a place where you can tell a person you’re going to have them take a certain position,” he said.
“The military needs to be a very open and welcoming place for everybody.
It’s a very different world when you can just tell anybody that they’re going on the opposite side of the political spectrum.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.