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Caitlyn Jenner: “Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support [LGBT] community was a mistake”

Maya Angelou famously said “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Caitlyn Jenner could have saved herself a lot of grief and not alienated herself from much of the LGBT community if she had taken Angelou’s advice when it came to Donald Trump.

Now that the Trump administration wants to legally erase the identities of transgender people, Jenner has lost all faith in the Republican president she voted for.

In an essay in the Washington Post she writes in part:

I believed I could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting. I made many trips to Washington to lobby and educate members of Congress, other Washington policymakers and powerful influencers. These meetings were generally positive and almost always led to encouraging conversations. Despite the criticism I received from segments of the LGBTQ community for engaging with this administration, I remained hopeful for positive change.

Sadly, I was wrong. The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president. The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community. He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity. He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in an attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party, claiming his anti-transgender policies are meant to “protect the country.” This is politics at its worst. It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me.

Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake. The recently leaked Department of Health and Human Services memo that suggests — preposterously and unscientifically — that the government ought to link gender to one’s genitalia at birth is just one more example in a pattern of political attacks. One doesn’t need to look back far to witness the president assault our nation’s guardians with a ban on trans people serving in the military or assail our nation’s future with a rollback of Obama-era protections for trans schoolchildren.

It’s clear these policies have come directly from Trump, and they have been sanctioned, passively or actively, by the Republicans by whose continued support he governs. My hope in him — in them — was misplaced, and I cannot support anyone who is working against our community. I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward.

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3 Remarks

  1. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: She knew this going into this last election. She was warned by countless people. She put money before everything. And we suffer as a result, all of us: gay, lesbian, and everyone else who is a minority in this country.

    I’d like to see her do something more than write a letter. Put some money up. Get out there and campaign in your republican circles. Don’t just sit back and write letters passively and keep supporting republicans at the voting booth. This is NOT about Trump. It’s about the understanding that Republicans are vile at this point and let corruption run rampant so long as they get what they want.

    Please note I’m not talking about conservatives. Conservative principles are acceptable in many areas. Modern Republicans are not conservatives. We wouldn’t have such deficits and so on if they were. They are just socially regressive, big business supporters who push for a kakistocracy because it benefits them at high level.

  2. Well said @ Chip.

  3. Caitlin-You are WORTHLESS!

    You voted for a Nationalist(45’s word, not mine)over one the most accomplished people ever to run for POTUS. How many times will it take getting burned by your party to realize they hate you. When they strip you and the rest of us of our rights? Is it then you’ll finally open your eyes?

    Even now all you’ve said is you won’t for for 45 but you’ll vote for other republicans. How can you not see voting for any republican at this point in time is voting for 45’s stance on our community, the Muslim community, the immigrant community etc. Or do you just not care.

    WAKE UP for fuck sake and smell the stench of hate coming from YOUR party.

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