Caitlyn Jenner Can’t Believe Trump Broke His Promise to Fight for LGBT Community
There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them? https://t.co/WzjypVC8Sr
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 26, 2017
Caitlyn Jenner took to Twitter Wednesday to voice her outrage with President Donald Trump’s announcement he would ban transgender people from military service — a reversal of the Pentagon’s decision last year to allow transgender troops to openly serve.
It also apparently surprised Jenner, who endorsed Trump in the 2016 election — despite coming out as transgender several years ago, after living 65-years as Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist.
“There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us,” Jenner tweeted at Trump. “What happened to your promise to fight for them?”
Trump said in a tweet during the 2016 election that he would “fight” for the LGBT community, adding that Hillary Clinton would “[bring] in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”
Jenner has defended her decision to vote for Trump in a number of interviews, arguing she would “try to enlighten President Trump or anyone about transgender rights that these are real issues because these are real people suffering.”
And then, to no one’s shock (except Jenner’s, of course), Trump rescinded transgender bathroom rules put in place by the Obama administration, a move Jenner said “destroyed” her.
It remains baffling why Jenner thought that Trump would be an advocate for advancing LGBT rights. During the campaign, the Republican candidate vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices that would reverse the legalization of same-sex marriage — and also made clear he opposed federal rules on transgender bathroom usage. And that’s not to mention Trump’s selection of Mike Pence as his running mate, one of the most shockingly anti-LGBT Republicans.
UPDATE –– 7:28 pm ET: Jenner elaborated in a lengthy blog post tonight:
Over the past two years I have met the most inspiring trans people, and I can testify to the trans community’s incredible resilience and perseverance in the face of enormous discrimination and hate. We are strong, we are beautiful, and we will win. The President must ask himself which side of history he will be on — and reverse his position immediately.
My father, William Jenner, landed on Omaha Beach in WWII, and his bravery and service to his country has always inspired me and helped make me the person I am today. America’s 15,000 trans service members and 134,000 veterans are much braver than you, Mr. Trump; my allegiance is with them and our country, not you.
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