Trump Prohibits Transgender People from the Military While the GOP Continues to Receive Donations from Transgender Veteran Jennifer Pritzker

Earlier today, President Donald Trump announced that he was banning transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the military, on the questionable grounds that their medical costs are high.

However, Trump and the GOP may want to remember, as Thought Front reported last year, that transgender veteran Jennifer Pritzker, a retired colonel for the Army National Guard, has given millions to Republicans and conservative causes.

Meanwhile, in 2013 Pritzker’s Tawani Foundaton donated $1.35 million to the Palm Center, an LGBT think tank at University of California, Santa Barbara. The Palm Center used the money to create the Transgender Military Service Initiative, which funds scholarship on transgender people serving in the military and promotes dialogue on the subject.

Since the publication of Thought Front‘s exposé last year, Pritzker continued to donate to Republicans, including Trump.

According to FEC data, Pritzker has given 62 donations at the federal level since our last column was published, of which four are for the 2017-18 election cycle, totaling $615,827.69. This brings her total donations at the federal level to $996,699.69 since 1997.

Pritzker has given $3,500 directly to Trump’s campaign account; $1,509.83 to the Trump Make America Great Committee, a joint fundraising committee of Trump and the RNC; and $250,000 to Trump Victory, another joint fundraising committee of Trump and the RNC. Various state and federal Republican committees, along with Paul Ryan, received roughly $170,000 from Pritzker in donations from joint fundraising with Trump-connected committees. (She also gave $650 to Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.)

There remains remarkable irony, then, on two sides: the willingness of Republicans to accept Pritzker’s donations while standing for policies she advocates against, and the willingness of Pritzker to continue donating to them.

See below for full itemization of donations from Pritzker since Thought Front‘s last article. Donations for the 2017-18 election cycle are formatted differently due to issues with the FEC website.