(National Sentinel) Ex-Legacy: By now even the most vociferous and dedicated critic of President Donald J. Trump has to admit that when it comes to keeping his campaign promises, the 45th president is quickly becoming the new gold standard.
As I write this, Trump and some Republican lawmakers (no Democrats, of course) are in Jerusalem dedicating the newly-opened U.S. Embassy there. Though every president dating back to Bill Clinton promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Trump has now actually done it.
And of course the president has also dismantled much of the rest of Obama’s legacy, to include exiting the Iran nuclear “deal,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accords, while his team is busy renegotiating NAFTA and other trade arrangements with China, South Korea, and others.
Meanwhile, Trump’s bureaucracy — all of it, from the EPA to the Department of Education to Commerce — are replacing Obama-era lunacy with policies that reflect the will of the people and will be effective.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has at least done well enforcing all immigration laws as is required by federal statutes and the Constitution, is contributing to the destruction of the Obama legacy.
On Monday, under Sessions’ instructions, deputies at the Justice Department ended a transgender policy Obama put in place regarding federal prisons.
As reported by The Western Journal:
The move reverses a policy implemented by the Obama administration that would allow men to move into women’s prisons if the prisoner claimed to identify as female.
According to BuzzFeed, the revised policy states that authorities are to use the “biological sex as the initial determination” when prisoners are being assigned to a penitentiary.
“The designation to a facility of the inmate’s identified gender would be appropriate only in rare cases,” says the new Transgender Offender Manual.
The new policy says that a transgender inmates’ safety will be taken into consideration, but authorities nevertheless are also expected to gauge whether “placement would threaten the management and security of the institution and/or pose a risk to other inmates in the institution.”
The change in policy came as four evangelical Christian women placed in a Texas prison sued in U.S. District Court to challenge what they maintained was placement in dangerous circumstances.
The women said the Obama administration’s policy was dubious in that it forced them to share close quarters with men who had transgendered into women. The complaint further noted that housing transgender women, whom they called “men” in their court filing, alongside real female inmates created hostile conditions (you think?).
The complaint goes further to state the former policy “incessantly violates the privacy of female inmates; endangers the physical and mental health of the female plaintiffs and others, including prison staff; and increases the potential for rape.”
Long-time critics of the Obama insanity said that had it been fully implemented the risk of rape would have skyrocketed due to the fact that so few transgenders would actually be undergoing genital alteration surgery, which meant only a very few could have passed off as members of the opposite sex.
Naturally, the Obama policy was tied to an intentionally misnamed piece of legislation — the Prison Rape Elimination Act — with a guidance memo stating that transgender prisoners faced an “increased risk of suicide, mental health issues and victimization” (again, you think?).
The Sessions reversal is in line with reversals of other transgender policies implemented by Obama, including his policy to allow transgenders to openly serve in the U.S. military and others pertaining to K-12 education and health care.
The military ban is being challenged in court — of course — but it’s not at all clear that the challenge will succeed.
After all, if Obama as commander-in-chief had the authority to implement the policy via executive order, why doesn’t Trump have the same authority to reverse it?
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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