UPDATED with video: Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops, announced via Twitter, took a beating on Wednesday’s late-night TV; each show handled it in its own way.
During the Tonight Show‘s opening monologue, Jimmy Fallon gave his platform to transgender comedian Patti Harrison, asking her how the transgender community is reacting to the news POTUS was kicking them out of the military.
“I was shocked, because I assumed he already did that,” Harrison said of her reax to the news. “I don’t necessarily want to serve in the military, but I want the right to serve. It’s like I don’t want to go to your baby shower, but I want the invite.”
Hours earlier, Trump announced via Twitter:
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”