Justice

Caitlyn Jenner Sends a Message To President Trump

February 23rd 2017

By:
Kyle Jaeger

Caitlyn Jenner sent a message to President Donald Trump on Thursday, one day after the administration lifted a federal guideline that instructed schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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"This is a disaster — and you can still fix it," Jenner said in a video posted on Twitter, referencing the disbanded LGBT policy. "You made a promise to protect the LGBT community. Call me."

Jenner has been an advocate for the transgender community, speaking openly about her transition to the media, on her since-canceled reality show, and at high-profile award ceremonies. She’s used her celebrity to raise attention to issues such as transgender bathroom rights, highlighting an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case of high school student Gavin Grimm, who was prevented from using the men’s restroom at his school, for example.

She is also a Republican, who has positioned herself as an advocate for the LGBT community, who can communicate its messages to conservatives. Jenner — who initially expressed support for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in the presidential primary race — attended Trump's inauguration last month, and she has faced criticism for her affiliation with the president, and the Republican party at large, which has generally resisted policies protecting the LGBT community.

Critics on Twitter blasted Jenner over her previous support for the president.

Trump's decision to lift a federal guideline enacted under former President Barack Obama's administration prompted Jenner to speak out. The announcement came less than a year after Trump invited Jenner to use whatever bathroom she so chose at Trump Tower in New York — an invitation that Jenner readily accepted.

In her video, Jenner addressed Trump, anti-transgender "bullies," and the transgender community at large.

"I have a message for the trans kids of America: you're winning," Jenner said. "I know it doesn’t feel like it today or everyday, but very soon we will win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to be with bipartisan support."