Late last week, former Olympian and television personality Caitlyn Jenner took an unexpected stand on Twitter against Donald Trump.
The president recently decided to revoke federal protections for transgender students at public schools – protections which allowed them to use bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity, and threatened to withdraw federal funding if the school didn’t comply.
Clearly this decision struck a chord with Jenner, who posted a video addressed to Trump to her four million followers, with the caption, “from one Republican to another, this is a disaster.”
She expressed a message of hope for the transgender kids of America, before directly challenging Trump. “You can still fix it,” she said. “You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017
The video quickly went viral with international headlines running with the news that 67-year-old Jenner had ‘slammed’ the president.
What made the story all the more interesting, of course, was the fact that during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Caitlyn Jenner was one of the very few celebrities to vocally support him.
The transgender woman repeatedly praised the now-president for his attitudes towards women and the LGBTQ community, calling Hillary Clinton a “liar” who “couldn’t care less about women.”
No matter which way you look at it, Donald Trump’s entire career has been riddled with misogyny. It seems trite to even begin to list the examples, but surely his language towards women, who he’s called “dogs” and “bimbos,” as well as his infamous “grab them by the pussy” comment, speaks volumes about his character.
Perhaps far worse than his words, however, is his support for policies that directly hurt women. Trump wants to effectively ban abortion, repeal the Affordable Care Act, which includes coverage for birth control, and nominate anti-choice justices to the Supreme Court.
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Given that sexism and homophobia tend to go hand it hand, and are deeply interrelated, it’s no surprise that Trump’s attitudes towards the LGBTQ community have also always been poor.
The president has consistently opposed same-sex marriage. While originally, he said the decision to legalise marriage equality had already been made in the US, and he wouldn’t review it, he later said he would appoint Supreme Court judges who would overturn the ruling.
Donald Trump has simply never been an advocate for women or the LGBTQ community. So why on earth is Caitlyn Jenner only challenging him now? After supporting him during his campaign, and presumably voting for him on election day?