A lot has changed for Cailtyn Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist formerly known as Bruce Jenner, in recent years and the reality TV star’s political views have been a big part of that evolution.
The longtime Republican who voted for President Donald Trump told ABC’s “20/20” host Diane Sawyer that she will be “coming after” any GOP lawmakers who fail to support the LGBT community, The Wrap reported.
Since coming out as transgender, Jenner has taken a lot of heat for maintaining a fairly conservative political ideology. In fact, during an episode of E!’s “I Am Cait” in 2016, Jenner said Trump might “be good for women’s issues” and that the country would be “over” if then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had won.
Jenner was lambasted by fellow “I Am Cait” stars, most of whom were also transgender. Now, it appears Jenner is softening some of those conservative viewpoints.
“Yes, I did vote for Trump, but here’s the deal breaker with the Republican Party,” Jenner told Sawyer. “And the deal breaker is you mess with my community, you do the wrong thing with our community, you don’t give us equality and a fair shot, I’m coming after you.”
Jenner said some of the Trump administration’s decisions regarding the LGBT community have been “extremely disappointing.”
In February, the White House shifted away from a view held by former President Barack Obama, asserting that Title IX, which protects students from sex-based discrimination, also safeguarded against transgender-based discrimination.
Jenner, who attended Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, called the decision “a disaster.”
“You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community,” she said in a tweet.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017
Jenner has not spoken with Trump since he took office, although the star said the president did extend an invitation to play golf.
“At that time, I thought it was a pretty good idea, but since Title IX, it’s not a good idea,” Jenner said.
During the presidential election, Trump vowed to defend the LGBT community “while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs,” likely referring to the increased number of Muslim refugees Clinton wanted to allow into the country.
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
And in April last year, Trump told the hosts of NBC’s “Today” that he would be OK with Jenner using either the male or female restrooms in any of the Trump properties. Asked if Jenner would be allowed to utilize any restroom in Trump Tower, Trump said, “That is correct.”
Jenner took Trump up on his offer a few days later, using the women’s restroom.
“Thank you, Donald. I really appreciate it,” Jenner said.