Then there was shock #2.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Some way to celebrate American heroes!....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
.@POTUS, can you my spot the transgender troops in this photo? They're there, I promise. pic.twitter.com/XHGdQ6MjWl— VoteVets (@votevets) July 26, 2017
The blindsided Joint Chiefs and Pentagon, not to mention the rank and file, spent Wednesday and Thursday trying to untangle what those tweets were supposed to mean. Meanwhile, a great many Americans celebrated transgendered troops on the social nets. Protests are planned this weekend.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the Senate was preparing for a vote-a-rama intended by the Republicans to repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act) also known as "Obamacare." One by one the proposed Republican "bills" were defeated. The real action began late Thursday night with a defeated Democratic motion to move the bill to committee. When the last bill came up for a vote, it was after 1 a.m. EDT. This one, known as the "skinny repeal," was simply a hollow shell.
There was high drama on the Senate floor. Pence appeared and conferred with John McCain. Observers speculated about the conversations, body language, gestures as senators milled around on the floor. Shock and awe! In the end, three courageous Republicans voted against the bad bill. The Democrats voted against it in lock step.
So thank you, John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski! Thank you also, all the Democrats who voted against this potentially harmful bill. You are American heroes! You saved health insurance for millions.
Let's be clear on this too: none of this would have happened had it not been for the grassroots. Thank you, everyone who made phone calls, went to town halls, demonstrated at the Capitol and legislators' offices, sent emails, and signed petitions. Thank you to the Resistance! American heroes!
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulates President Barack Obama on the House vote to pass health care reform, prior to a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, March 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
"American Heroes Week" was full of surprises, some awesome, some shocking and confusing.
We lost a four-legged war hero this week too. See the touching story of USMC Corporal Jeff De Young and his partner, Cena - a bomb sniffing dog.