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Cory Booker says he’ll repeal the transgender military ban if elected

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Presidential hopeful Cory Booker said that he would reverse Donald Trump’s transgender military ban if elected.

The Democratic senator from New Jersey was speaking to a crowd of around 300 in Davenport, Iowa, when a transgender woman in the audience asked him what he would do for LGBTQ people if elected president.

“When I am president of the United States, right away I will end this ridiculous, insulting, un-American ban on transgender Americans serving in the military,” Booker responded. The crowd cheered.

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Booker is the latest presidential primary candidate to court LGBTQ voters. Last week, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) attacked Mike Pence for his record of anti-LGBTQ actions.

“I disagree with most of what the vice president stands for when he makes decisions about our LGBTQ community in a way that doesn’t understand they should be entitled to full equality and rights under the law as any other American,” she said on MSNBC.

Also appearing on MSNBC, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said that Pence wasn’t “honorable” because of his homophobia.

“Anyone who engages in the kind of homophobia and attacks on people who are different from himself is not an honorable person,” she said.

“That’s not what honorable people do.”

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