After initially supporting Donald Trump and his presidency, Caitlyn Jenner is ready to admit he is not a good leader for the LGBTQ community.
In an op-ed written for the Washington Post, Jenner explains her early support for the political candidate.
‘Following Trump’s election as president, I saw fertile ground for change within the Republican Party on LGBTQ issues,’ she writes.
Jenner says she was ‘encouraged’ when he said he would support the community at the Republican National Convention.
‘I believed I could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting,’ she continues. ‘Despite the criticism I received from segments of the LGBTQ community for engaging with this administration, I remained hopeful for positive change.’
Then everything went wrong
Jenner then admits that she was ‘sadly’ wrong about Trump.
‘The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president,’ she acknowledges.
‘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.”‘
Near the end of her piece, Jenner concedes she made a mistake in thinking she could work with Trump.
‘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.’
Finally, she concludes she will listen to more members of the LGBTQ community and insists trans people will not be erased.
History of supporting – and not supporting – Trump
While Trump was campaigning to be President, Jenner stood by him, saying he seemed ‘very much behind the LGBTQ community’. She then voted him.
As soon as Trump took office, however, and began implementing policy, Jenner became more critical.
She also said Trump has set the trans community back 20 years.