Meghan McCain is ripping President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE’s policy of banning transgender troops from serving in the military, calling it “an unfair, un-American, and dangerous policy.”
In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, McCain said its “indefensible” that the ban is set to go into effect Friday.
“This discriminatory policy will lead Transgender service members, patriots who have decided to serve their nation, to live in the shadows,” she wrote.
Included in her post was a clip from “The View” in which active-duty Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King, who is transgender, spoke about the impact the new policy will have.
“On Friday, the 12th, as many as 15,000 transgender service members stand to lose their jobs,” King said Wednesday on the program. “For those of us who are grandfathered in because we’ve already come out and we already have a diagnosis, there’s the possibility for systematic discrimination.”
It is indefensible that Trump's ban on Transgender troops is being implemented on Friday. This discriminatory policy will lead Transgender service members, patriots who have decided to serve their nation, to live in the shadows.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 10, 2019
It's an unfair, un-American, and dangerous policy. https://t.co/Yh9WxE0w8n
Transgender troops have been serving in the military openly since the Obama administration lifted a previous ban in 2016, but Trump has been attempting to reinstitute a ban for nearly two years.
Trump first signaled his desire to impose a ban on transgender troops early in his presidency, though several legal battles have slowed the process.
The Pentagon signed a directive last month to institute the ban after a court lifted the last of the orders preventing the policy from taking effect.
Transgender troops and critics of the ban were joined by some lawmakers for a protest outside the Capitol on Wednesday.
McCain, the daughter of late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Biden-Harris train wreck may have its savior: 2024 GOP nominee Donald Trump Kelly raises million in third quarter Legislative limbo — how low can they go? MORE (R-Ariz.), has frequently criticized Trump for various policies and public statements, with the two publicly sparring over Trump's continued attacks on the late senator, a former prisoner of war and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.