As LGBTQ Nation reported earlier this month, Jenner was invited to attend the New York billionaire’s inauguration as the 45th president on Friday. No word yet on who’s she bringing as a “plus-one.”
“It’s a brilliant idea,” a member of the incoming Trump administration told Page Six’s Richard Johnson, but did so anonymously.
Dancing with Jenner could mend fences within the Republican party, said one unnamed Republican. “Time heals all wounds,” the GOP member opined.
Although Jenner herself has not commented publicly about attending the inauguration — nor will her spokesman — she did tweet this message Wednesday, in line with her past statements about wanting to be an “ambassador” for trans Americans.
Republicans need help understanding LGBTQ 🏳️🌈 issues and I'm here to help!
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) January 18, 2017
Jenner made it crystal clear throughout the run of her docuseries on E!, I Am Cait, that she would not abandon her conservative political beliefs just because the Democrats, progressives and liberals are more decidedly pro-trans. Her hope, she has repeatedly stated, is to change hearts and minds within the GOP.
“I am here to help the entire Republican Party do a better job when it comes to LBGT issues,” Jenner told HBO’s Any Given Sunday late last year.
“For that reason I stay on the conservative side. Now, the Republican Party obviously is – they are not, have not, been as good as it comes to LBGT issues and social issues. And so I have kind of positioned myself with the Republican Party, of trying to help these people kind of understand what the issues are for the LBGT community. And obviously, in my case, the ‘T’ portion.”
“We have a lot of issues. We have a nine times higher suicide rate than the general public. Young kids especially. Very prone to bullying. Not fitting in. The murder rate is way way too high of trans individuals. Hate crimes towards trans people. Maybe I can help the Republican Party do a better job when it comes to these types of issues.”
This is believed to be Jenner’s first time meeting Trump, who invited her to use any bathroom in any Trump building, which she did last summer.