Monday, May 1, 2017

House Democrat: Trump should withdraw his Army secretary pick for 'disgusting' comments

House Democrat: Trump should withdraw his Army secretary pick for 'disgusting' comments

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House Democratic whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said President Trump should withdraw his pick for Army secretary amid growing opposition over the candidate's past comments on transgenderism, gay rights and Islam.

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green has made "disgusting" statements and has a "clear record of homophobia and transphobia," Hoyer said in a statement on Monday.

A group of 31 House Democrats, a half-dozen liberal civil rights groups, nine faculty members of military universities and transgender TV reality star Caitlyn Jenner have all publicly opposed Green in recent weeks.

"Appointing someone with a clear record of homophobia and transphobia, who has made disgusting statements demeaning toward groups of Americans, would send the absolute wrong signal about the values for which our military service members are risking their lives," Hoyer said.

Green, a CEO and former Army special operations flight surgeon, has denied he attacked any minority groups and implied that he is being targeted by liberals because of his religious faith.

The opposition comes from videotaped public comments and radio interviews Green has done over the past five years as a state senator.

Green, the son of a southern Baptist pastor, told a Tea Party group last year that most psychiatrists believe transgenderism is a disease and argued that the Tennessee governor should oppose the nationwide legalization of gay marriage.

On Monday, Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy group, joined early opposition to Green from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group that bills itself as the country's largest Muslim civil rights group and has charged Green with Islamophobia for comments about public schools.

"When you start teaching the pillars of Islam and you start teaching how to pray as a Muslim, that is over the top and we will not tolerate that in this state," Green said last year.

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May 1, 2017 at 08:09PM
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