Ben Carson, one of the more infamous GOP presidential candidates has said that he thinks transgender people in the military are a “distraction”, as well as saying that he liked the old “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
“I do not appreciate using our military as a laboratory for social experimentation. We have too many important things to do when our men and women are out there fighting the enemy. The last thing that we need to be doing is saying what would it be like if we introduced several transgender people into this platoon. Give me a break. Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else.”
“I liked the old ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ philosophy. Why do you have to go around flaunting your sexuality? It’s not necessary. You don’t need to talk about that. We need to talk about how we eliminate the enemy.”
Continuing, he said: “Give me a break. Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else.”
Carson also responded to Carter opening up all combat jobs to women earlier this week, and said that while he would never say “no” to women who could “go out on the front line in the dirt and the slime fighting”, he also expressed that he would be “very frightened” if standards were lowered.