Caitlyn Jenner on Trump: I Was Wrong

Says she 'misplaced' her hope that president would do right by LGBT community
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2018 7:02 AM CDT
Caitlyn Jenner on Trump: I Was Wrong
In this March 4, 2018, file photo, Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)

(Newser) – When Caitlyn Jenner first became part of what she calls the "valuable, vulnerable" LGBT community, she says she saw an opening in which to make inroads at changing more conservative people's views. And so she threw her support behind a newly elected President Trump—whom the former Olympian believed when he said he'd be an ally to the transgender community—hoping to "leverage my privilege for change." Her view now, per an op-ed in the Washington Post: "Sadly, I was wrong." Jenner points not only to the Trump administration's recent move to "preposterously and unscientifically" redefine what gender means, but also its attempts to ban transgender people from the military and roll back protections for transgender kids at school.

"This is politics at its worst," Jenner writes. "It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me." Calling her hope in Trump "misplaced," Jenner now vows to do more listening and learning within the LGBT community and to redirect focus on the issues that affect the people within it, including homelessness, violence, mental health, and health care. "I do not support Trump," she now laments. "The world needs to hear us. The world needs to know us. We will not be erased." Read Jenner's full piece here. (A vendor just pulled its "I Am Cait" Halloween costume.)

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