President Donald Trump’s administration is falling apart!
Insiders say the Trump administration has been taken over by in-fighting between cabinet members. The latest heated internal battle is between Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They have been fighting all week about whether to get rid of Obama-era rules about LGBT students’ bathroom rights at public schools.
Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence are reportedly in favor of eliminating trans students’ rights, while DeVos is “uncomfortable” with removing the protections for trans students. The New York Times reports:
Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The draft order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.
Mr. Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments.
Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, these Republicans said, telling Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her objections. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along. The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday.
Trump himself has a mixed record on LGBT rights – he will oftentimes say one thing and then say the opposite thing later. But Trump has surrounded himself with some troubling and very scary anti-LGBT staff members. At the very top of the list is Vice President Mike Pence. As ThinkProgress reported, Pence has an extreme anti-LGBT record from his time as governor of Indiana and in Congress.
The protections under attack this week came from former President Barack Obama. They require public schools throughout the United States to honor trans students’ right to choose which bathroom to use. Those rules have been in place for about a year now and all evidence suggests they are working out just fine!
The Trump administration is embarrassing itself once again by attacking the rights people have worked hard to obtain for the LGBT community.
Trump will go down in history as the president who tried to turn back the clock on civil liberties.