In the months since the election, the American Civil Liberties Union has been circulating petitions calling for the creation of uniform T- shirts for all American citizens, including those who work in the military.
In response, the White House has reportedly made the decision to create a new uniform uniform in which all T-mills will be made of “plastic, breathable cotton,” and will be able to be washed with water, or laundered with detergent.
But while the new T- shirt could be considered an improvement over current clothing, many argue that it does not reflect the current political environment.
“The ACLU has created T- shirts, and they are really just sewing uniforms,” said one activist who has called for a “plastics-free, breathability-free uniform.”
“There is a huge disconnect between the current fashion trends, and the people that are in uniform.
They wear T–shirts because they want to, but they are also concerned about the climate and about having a uniform that will help protect them.”
The ACLU’s petition calls for a uniform made of cotton, breathably and washable, to be used throughout the US, and specifically for the military: “If the T- uniform is to be worn everywhere in the US it needs to be made from a durable and non-stretchable material, such as polyester or cotton, and it must be washed and dried in water and detergent as soon as possible after each use.
These are all things that are important for people to understand about their uniforms and the work that they do every day.”
But while Trump has publicly supported the T shirt movement, it’s unlikely that he would actually put it into action.
Trump has also promised to keep the military “clean,” saying in his campaign platform that he wants to “build a wall between the US and Mexico,” which would prevent the border from being sealed by the military to prevent illegal crossings.
The Trump administration has also made clear that the military will not be a part of any proposed military spending bill, and has promised to “reform and modernize” the military through “tough” budget cuts.
In January, the Pentagon announced a plan to eliminate about 20% of its active duty personnel, including reservists, and to cut its overall size by almost half, to a total of roughly 5,800 people.
While the Trump administration may want to keep all military personnel in uniform, the “seamless transition” will mean that most people will have to switch from T- uniforms to uniform Tshirts.
Many of the T shirts currently on sale at American Eagle Outfitters, for example, are already made of non-breathable fabric, meaning they won’t be water or detergent resistant.
According to one of the activists, the Trump transition team will have a hard time telling uniform T shirts from T shirts, as they are made of the same material.
“It is extremely difficult for the Trump White House to say that they will support the Tshirt movement, or that the T Shirt is a good thing for the country,” she said.
“They have not even done the work.
They are using the same technology to make T shirts that the Pentagon uses to make uniforms, and that means that the Trump team can’t make a decision on the T Shirts themselves.”
Many are also skeptical that the transition will be as transparent as it needs be.
“I don’t think they will really have the power to really get the Tshirts out there,” said Mark Schoepfer, a spokesman for the conservative American Conservative Union.
“But that’s not their responsibility.”
A senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to speak candidly about the process, told BuzzFeed News that “the T- Shirts are not going to be a permanent part of the uniform.”
The Trump team is also currently looking at other ways to create uniform T shirt options, such a tie or sweatshirt, which would make the TShirt look like a normal T- Shirt instead of a T-Uniform.
“If you’re going to have a uniform T Shirt that’s supposed to look like it’s on the ground, the T is not going be on the uniform T,” said Schoepsfer.
“So the T isn’t the only thing that has to change, but it’s the most important thing.”
The idea that the new uniform T Shirt is the solution to all our uniforms problems seems to be popular on the right, which has already taken steps to combat the new trend.
“You can’t have it both ways, you can’t pretend that we don’t have uniforms and they don’t,” said Chris Chocola, executive director of the American Conservative Action Fund.
“When you have a President who is going to put America first, and he’s also going to want to put Americans first, then we have to start working together