Ben Carson Wouldn’t Mind If We Went Back To Discriminating Against Gay Military Members

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said on Saturday he preferred the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy that barred out gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military because he doesn’t appreciate Obama “using our military as a laboratory for social experimentation.”

“You know, we have too many important things to do,” Carson said at a “Veterans and Military Town Hall” hosted by the Concerned Veterans for America. “We have too many important things to do when our men and women are out there fighting the enemy, the last thing 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.”

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“I liked the old ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ philosophy,” Carson said. “I mean, 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.”

Enacted under President Bill Clinton in 1993, “don’t ask, don’t tell” prevented gays from serving openly in the military. Though the repeal of the policy cleared the way for gay, lesbian and bisexual troops to serve openly, there are an estimated 15,000 transgender troops who continue to keep their gender identities hidden for fear of being discharged.

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Carson also wonders why women would want to serve in combat roles in the “dirt and slime.”

“As far as women are concerned on the battlefield, I have a tendency to want to protect women, but I also have great respect for women and all the success I’ve had in life is because of women,” Carson said at a town hall meeting hosted by the group Concerned Veterans for America. “So I am never going to say ‘no’ to the women, I’m not, but I am very frightened, when it comes to certain job descriptions, if we lower the standards.”

“What woman wants to go out in the front line in the dirt and slime fighting?” Carson said. “I mean, if they want to do it and they’re capable of it, no problem, I would never deny them. But I would be steadfast about the requirements. If you can’t
lift a 175-pound person on your shoulder and hoist them out of there, then if I’m out there I don’t want you as my backup.”