Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson came out this week in opposition to people who are transgender serving in the military by stating, “…using our military as a laboratory for social experimentation.”
During a campaign stop in Iowa on Saturday, the spoke in favor of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that ended in 2011 while speaking to a group of veterans. The retired neurosurgeon alleges that allowing people who are transgender to serve will only be a distraction and dismissed the idea of military accommodation.
“When our men and women are out there fighting the enemy, the last thing that we need to be doing is saying what would it be like if we introduced several transgender people into this platoon,” he said at the forum, according to MSNBC. “You know, give me a break, deal with the transgender thing somewhere else.”
The GOP candidate continued to question the need for the DADT policy saying, “I mean why do you have to go around flouting your sexuality? It’s not necessary, you don’t need to talk about that, we need to talk about how we eliminate the enemy,”
Carson does support the recent decision to open all combat roles to women stating, “I mean if they want to do it and they’re capable, no problem,” he said. “If you can’t lift, you know, a 175-pound person on your shoulder and hoist them out of there, I don’t want you as my backup.”