Opposition to Trump’s decision centers around fairness, for in a culture conditioned by political correctness, it seems unfair to single out transgender service members just because of who they are. And frankly the argument is correct; it is unfair.
As JFK noted, however, the military (like life) is never fair. It is the nature of the beast. The military is about success and preparedness; it is about national security and uniformity. The idea that the military can be part of a grand egalitarian utopia is not only pie-in-the-sky, it is a dangerous proposition that does little to keep America safe.
Trump foes, especially on the LGBT Left, are unwilling to even consider Trump’s reasoning. On the website for the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT rights group, it read: “Trump launches an all-out assault on service members.” HRC President Chad Griffin said the president has “put a target on the backs” of transgender active duty personnel.