The Emptiness of Trump’s Promises of Tolerance

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Charles Homans, NY Times Magazine
In December, seven months before President Trump announced his intention to ban transgender people from serving in the military, I attended one of Trump’s postelection victory rallies, in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a Trump supporter named Jayne Locke. As it happened, Locke was a transgender veteran. This was not one of those journalistic exercises in deliberate expectation-thwarting; it had happened more or less by chance. On my way to Grand Rapids, I had been canvassing Facebook looking for Trump supporters who were going to the rally, and Locke was the one who wrote me back. When she…