Caitlyn Jenner’s transition into the LGBT community hasn’t been the most graceful one out there. Even Jenner herself has said that there’s been some learning curves in getting in touch with the LGBT community. Most of this stems from Jenner’s conservative and often controversial views.
Recently, Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her thoughts on Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee in the upcoming election, and going from her quotes, it looks like she might ruffle a few feathers in the LGBT community and outside of it.
Of Mr. Trump, whose been accused of being misogynistic for his sexualized comments on women, Jenner takes the opposite stance, and says that he’s “very much for women.”
In an interview with Stat, which was a conversation based on trans health, Jenner got into her political views, which doesn’t always please some members of the LGBT community. In the interview, she said that she doesn’t agree with President Obama on an array of topics, including the economy or constitutional rights, but she gives him credit for what he’s done for the LGBTQ community.
Then, she continued to say that these “issues” aren’t progressed forward by the Democrats, like everyone believes, and that’s when she points to Donald Trump as someone who’s for women and the LGBT community.
“Everybody looks at the Democrats as being better with these issues. But Trump seems to be very much for women. He seems very much behind the LGBT community because of what happened in North Carolina with the bathroom issue. He backed the LGBT community.”
She puts Trump up against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“With Hillary, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get with the LGBT community.”
This isn’t the first time she took Mrs. Clinton up to task. While on her reality show I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner said the following of Clinton.
“She could care less about women. She cares about herself.”
While Jenner is right about Donald Trump’s stance on the issue behind transgender people’s right to use any restroom they feel comfortable in, Think Progress has pointed out that Mr. Trump hasn’t always been coherent about his stance on the LGBT community. They pointed to the Washington Post’s examination of Trump’s flip flopping on the issue, where it seems like he wants to rescind President Obama’s transgender directives.
“You’ve got to protect all people, even though it’s a tiny percentage of 1 percent. I think from that standpoint, [states] should come up with a policy that’s going to work for everybody and protect people.”
This means that even though Mr. Trump has said that he supports the LGBT community, he still wants trans issues to be decided on a state level, and denies that this is a civil rights issue, which is what many transgender people are fighting against.
He echoed this statement to Good Morning America as well.
“I believe it should be states’ rights and I think the states should make the decision, they’re more capable of making the decision.”
Most recently, Donald Trump got into hot water with the gay community about how he handled the Orlando shooting at Pulse. Minutes after the news was reported, many criticized how Trump took to Twitter to point out how he was right about terrorism in the U.S. rather than showing his compassion for the LGBT community and the families in mourning.
To add insult to injury, during a recent speech, he challenged anyone who thought he wasn’t a friend to the LGBT community. In regard to the Orlando shooting, which was the largest attack on the LGBT community in American history, Trump said the following.
“Ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community. Donald Trump with his actions, or Hillary Clinton with her words?”
This sparked Twitter to trend the hashtag #AskTheGays in opposition of Donald Trump.
TRUMP: “Ask the gays!”
THE GAYS: pic.twitter.com/dwnfaLLEtW
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) June 15, 2016
All of this considered, and here’s how Twitter decided to react to Caitlyn Jenner’s defense of Donald Trump.
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) June 29, 2016
Can we all just agree to stop giving Caitlyn Jenner attention? https://t.co/R5KgESusyF
— DoH (@DeeOhAytch) June 29, 2016
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