Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson continued his history of public anti-LGBT statements last week when he suggested re-implementing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and slammed President Barack Obama's policy to allow transgender service members to to serve openly in the military, NBC News reports.
"You know, we have too many important things to do," Carson said at a "Veterans and Military Town Hall" hosted by the Concerned Veterans for America in Iowa. "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."
"You know, give me a break. Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else," Carson said before suggesting a return of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" military policy that ended in 2011.
"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 said at the town hall.
Conservative Christian news source Life Site News points out that Carson is not alone in the field of GOP presidential hopefuls with the same sentiment of the role of LGBT service members in the military.
In October, fellow GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz condemned the change for transgender service members, saying the military should be "focusing on hunting down and killing the bad guys ... instead of treating it as this crucible for social justice innovations."