Caitlyn Jenner admits she was wrong about Trump. People still aren’t satisfied.

Caitlyn Jenner admits she was wrong about Trump. People still aren’t satisfied.
Caitlyn Jenner appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in July and said she still supported Trump. Photo: Screenshot/YouTube

After Caitlyn Jenner transitioned, the LGBTQ community was outraged when she said she would continue voting for Republicans and threw her support behind Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy.

As the Trump presidency has worn on, Jenner’s enthusiasm for the administration has waned. She’s blasted the president’s attacks on trans people during a speech to the UK parliament and apologized for wearing a MAGA hat.

Now, she’s finally admitting that she was wrong to support Trump. She’s recognized that she was duped by his empty campaign promises.

“Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

“Following Trump’s election as president, I saw fertile ground for change within the Republican Party on LGBTQ issues. Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to claim to support this valuable, vulnerable community, and I was encouraged by the applause he received when he said at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 that he would stand up for the LGBTQ community,” Jenner wrote.

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“Poll after poll showed that Americans’ views on LGBTQ issues were changing for the better — and that this groundswell extended even to the voter base of the Republican Party. I was optimistic that this was how I could leverage my privilege for change.”

Still, while she has decried the administration’s attacks on the trans community repeatedly, Jenner hasn’t changed her party affiliation and earlier this year said she’s had several meetings with prominent Republicans to try to advance the cause.

“I believed I could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting,” Jenner wrote. “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” she said.

“This is politics at its worst.”

While Jenner was sincere in her regret and admits her naivety, many activists and social media users weren’t satisfied. The most well-known trans woman (and also the most loathed) never wrote the words, “I’m sorry” and activists are howling that admitting she was deceived doesn’t excuse her pervious support.

Jenner may have been the victim of duplicitous politicians who exploited her cluelessness, but in some activists’ eyes, she’s still the villain instead of the victim. Being “woke” means being unforgiving apparently.

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Instead of joining with Jenner and welcoming her condemnation as a former supporter, most activists turned against her using language that would best be targeted at the actual problem – Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

But as one prominent trans activist once said, “Hurt people hurt people” – and under the Trump administration, transgender people are the segment of the LGBTQ movement that have been hurt the most.

Still, she’s rich and white and frequently clueless about the lives of average transgender people. That doesn’t make her a horrible person; it makes her a typical Republican.

She’s said stupid things in public and offered her opinion on topics she doesn’t know anything about. She’s hidden parts of her life from public view and used social media to promote herself in a positive light. That doesn’t make her worthy of derision; it makes her a typical American.

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