De Blasio says he’d restore benefits to discharged LGBT military vets

Mayor Bill de Blasio jumped on the bandwagon Sunday in announcing that if elected president, he would restore benefits to dishonorably discharged LGBT military veterans — but offered no proposals he could actually try to enact now.

The most noteworthy moment of the press conference he held at the WorldPride parade came when he had to stave off a pesky protester.

The interrupter was part of about a dozen demonstrators who crashed the quixotic presidential candidate’s brief press conference about granting honorable discharges to vets forced out of the military because of their sexual orientation.

“Five years later, will you fire the cops who killed Eric Garner if you want to something about policing and racial justice in this city?” the woman interjected as de Blasio began speaking.

Garner, a dad from Staten Island, died while being put in a police chokehold during a bust for selling “loosie” cigarettes in 2014.

“Excuse me. Respectfully, I’m in the middle of a statement about members of our armed forces who were dishonorably discharged,” de Blasio fired back at the protester.

If the mayor wins his unlikely bid for the Oval Office, he vowed to sign an executive order that automatically gives LGBTQ veterans honorable discharges — a measure already supported by other candidates including Sens. Kristen Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.

De Blasio also promised to reverse President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.

“Those Americans, those young men and women, serving our country were dishonorably discharged because of who they love and who they were,” he said. “It was wrong. It was unfair to each and every one of them.”

The mayor said there are as many as 100,000 veterans who have received a less than honorable discharge because of their sexual orientation.

He also added that the existing appeals process is a “broken policy.

“It is a cumbersome procedure, and it puts the onus on the veteran who served us and didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.

The 2020 Democratic longshot — whose net favorability rating is the lowest among 22 major candidates — said nothing about what he’d do to bolster the LGBTQ community in New York.

Other Democratic candidates — including Warren, Booker and Gillibrand, as well as former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg — have also said they would reverse Trump’s trans military ban.

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