Donald Trump May Have Just Lost His Biggest LGBTQ Supporter in Caitlyn Jenner
President Trump has implemented a lot of change since taking office in January, but one recent change in particular has celebrities up in arms. Following the announcement that federal protections for transgender students with regard to choice of bathroom would be revoked, Beyoncé shared her support of the LGBTQ community via Facebook, asking followers to share in LGBTQ org GLSEN’s 100 Days of Kindness challenge, while Jackie Evancho, who performed at President Trump’s inauguration despite having a transgender sister of her own, tweeted POTUS, asking him to meet with her and her sibling.
Now, one of Trump’s most famous LGBTQ supporters, Caitlyn Jenner, who has gone so far as to say that Trump would “be good for women’s issues,” in the past, is having her say on the matter.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017
In a fired-up video message posted to Twitter to both the “trans kids of America” and the bullies who would keep them down, Jenner said the following (all while donning a pussybow blouse, a favorite of Melania Trump’s, no less). “I have a message for the trans kids of America: You’re winning. I know it doesn’t feel like it today, or every day, but you’re winning. Very soon we’re going to win full freedom nationwide and it’s going to be with Bi-partisan support. You can help by checking out the National Center for Transgender Equality and letting Washington hear you loud and clear.”
She then took on those who would block that path, including a very pointed jab at Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions (who has notoriously voted against LGBTQ rights). “Now I have a message for the bullies. You’re sick. And because you’re weak you pick on kids, you pick on women, or anyone else you think is vulnerable. Apparently, even becoming the Attorney General isn’t enough to cure some people of their insecurities. As proof, the Supreme Court will soon hear a very important Title IX case, thanks to the courage of a very brave young man, Gavin Grimm. Mr President, we’ll see you in court.”
Finally, the Olympic gold medalist addressed Trump directly, saying, “From one Republican to another: This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”
While the reality star is clearly taking a firm stand against Trump in support of the community, it wasn’t enough for some, who were angered that it has taken her this long to do so, leaving Twitter running rampant with criticism.
watching caitlin jenner call out president trump is really surreal because i still can't figure out what she expected to happen
— robin (@MARYKIK0) February 24, 2017
The dramatic irony in Cailtin Jenner being a Trump supporter now is too good. However, the terms that lead to her "regret" are fucked up.
— matthew (@sleazehall) February 24, 2017
Caitlin Jenner can't believe horrible person she voted for, who said they'd do awful things, does awful things. Welcome to #trumpregrets
— rustbeltrants (@rustbeltrants) February 24, 2017
Am honestly done w Caitlin Jenner how are u surprised at Trump's LGBT discrimination ?? Don't be a republican if you don't like it…
— Rachel Kerr (@kerr_rachel) February 24, 2017
Caitlin Jenner shocked and horrified by Trump's trans policy. One of many Trump supporters saying "WTF." Were you guys not paying attention?
— Mercer Black (@themercerblack) February 24, 2017
Yikes! While we certainly understand the frustration, we ARE happy that Caitlyn is using her voice to stand up for the things she believes in — it’s never too late to stick up for those around you in need of help.
Do you think Caitlyn Jenner’s support comes too little, too late? Sound off over @BritandCo.
(h/t Cosmopolitan, photos via Frederick M. Brown + Susan Walsh/Getty)