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Deplorables: Clinton Wants Little Girls Fighting Wars

| by Michael Allen

The hashtag #DraftOurDaughters was trending on Twitter on Oct. 28, along with pictures and captions of young girls and women supposedly being drafted into wars with Russia and Syria by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The memes were mostly tweeted by Twitter users with "Deplorable" in their handles, who are usually supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Other Twitter users also tweeted similar messages.

One meme featured a picture of a worried girl and mom with the caption: "Girl: Why vote for a woman who'd send girls like me to die in Syria?"

Another meme had a picture of a girl with the caption: "Her brother died fighting for this country, now it's her turn."

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Women currently serve in the armed forces, and have for decades.

Clinton has never advocated that children be drafted into war, but she did tell The Huffington Post in June that she supports legislation that requires women to register for the draft.

Clinton also told the news site: "I am on record as supporting the all-volunteer military, which I think at this time does serve our country well. And I am very committed to supporting and really lifting up the men and women in uniform and their families."

In June, the Republican-controlled Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included a rule requiring women between the ages of 18 and 25 to register for a possible future draft, which in itself would take an act of Congress.

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"I support it," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told The Huffington Post in May.

Graham, an Air Force veteran, added: "I don’t think you want to take half your population off the sidelines in case of a national emergency."

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who opposed the bill, pushed the "young girls" in combat scenario in an interview with Politico in June: "The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat, to my mind, makes little or no sense. It is at a minimum a radical proposition. I could not vote for a bill that did so, particularly that did so without public debate."

Israel has a mandatory military service requirement for both men and women.

In December 2015, the Obama administration lifted the official ban on women serving in combat roles, although female soldiers have been in combat situations for some time.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Politico, Deplorable Dani/Twitter  / Photo credit: Deplorable Triumph/Twitter

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