For the umpteenth time, Caitlyn Jenner is expressing buyer’s remorse for endorsing President Trump due to his ongoing policy towards transgenders.
Since President Trump took office in 2016, his administration has delivered some serious rollbacks to Obama-era policies on transgenders. On top of Trump banning them from the military, Trump’s DOJ most recently instituted a new policy of recognizing gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.”
In a recent column at The Washington Post, the 68-year-old Jenner expressed deep regret for supporting Donald Trump’s bid for President in 2016. Originally, he had hoped to be a liaison for the administration to the trans community, hoping to be an agent of change. None of that has happened; in fact, the exact opposite has happened, and Jenner is livid over it.
“Following Trump’s election as president, I saw fertile ground for change within the Republican Party on LGBTQ issues,” the former gold medal Olympian wrote in the Thursday column. “I believed I could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting.”
One moment during Trump’s 2016 campaign that instilled hope in Jenner was when the President announced his support for “this valuable, vulnerable community” during the Republican National Convention. That hope has now waned for Jenner, who believes his support was a “mistake.”
“Sadly, I was wrong,” wrote Jenner. “Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake.”
“I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward,” Jenner wrote. “The world needs to hear us. The world needs to know us. We will not be erased.”
This “breakup” with Trump, if you will, has been a longtime coming for Jenner, who has consistently denounced the President’s policy toward transgenders from the outset. When speaking on diversity before the British House of Commons, Jenner even said the president had set trans rights “back 20 years.”
At one point, Caitlyn Jenner even proposed running for office to oppose Trump.
“Over the next year I’m looking into it. I have to be very smart about this — where can I do a better job for my community, in bringing the Republican party around to LGBT issues?” said Jenner in 2017. “Is it from the outside — working from the perimeter, working with everybody to get Republicans to change their thinking? Or is it better off being on the inside — running for Senate or a Congress seat. Can I do more good there? Those are the things I’m evaluating.”
“The best thing the Republican party can do is do a better job on LGBT issues,” he declared. “I am a big supporter of my community and that is what I’m fighting for.”
Jenner is, of course, not the only media figure who has expressed dismay over President Trump’s recent transgender issues. Stephen Colbert most recently decried it as an act of “random cruelty.”
“There’s more random cruelty from the Trump administration coming down the pike,” Stephen Colbert said. “This time, they spun the wheel of discrimination and they landed on ‘transgender,’ because we just learned of a new Trump plan in which they would narrowly define gender as a biological condition determined by genitalia at birth, which means that transgender people could be defined out of existence.”