Thursday evening, Caitlyn Jenner, a Republican, tweeted a message to President Donald Trump: “Call me.”
Jenner, who’s an Olympian-turned-reality star, is one of the most high-profile faces of the transgender community. She was quiet at first after the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools, but she spoke up over 24 hours later in a tweet and video message.
Jenner spoke directly to the camera while wearing a pink “pussy bow” blouse, saying “I have a message for President Trump from well, one Republican to another. This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community.” She was holding up her hand like a mock telephone while finishing her talk, and said “Call me.”
Trump will be better for women
After becoming the presumptive GOP nominee in June, Jenner said that she believed he would be better for women than Hillary Clinton. “Everybody looks at the Democrats as being better with these [LGBT] 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. But in Trump’s case, there’s a lot more unknowns. With Hillary, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get with the LGBT community,” Jenner said.
She attended an inauguration eve dinner at Washington’s Union Station with House Speaker Paul Ryan. She tweeted “Republicans need help understanding LGBTQ issues and I’m here to help!”
Jenner came out as transgender on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in 2015. She documented her life after transition in two seasons of a reality show on the E! Network, titled “I am Cait.”
Jenner often got political and frequently discussed transgender rights, she also featured LGBT activists in nearly every episode.
A message for transgender kids and bullies was also included in Jenner’s message. She also took a shot at Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“I have a message for the trans kids of America. You’re winning. I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning.
Very soon we will win full freedom nationwide and it’s going to be with bipartisan support. You can help by checking out the National Center for Transgender Equality and letting Washington hear you loud and clear,” she said.
“Now I have a message for the bullies: You’re sick. And because you’re weak, you pick on kids, you pick on women or anyone else you think is vulnerable. Apparently even becoming the attorney general isn’t enough to cure some people of their insecurities.”
Celebrities against the policy
Other celebrities spoke up against the new policy. Singer Jackie Evancho, who performed the national anthem at Trump’s inauguration and has a transgender sister, asked the president for a meeting in a tweet. Ellen DeGeneres also tweeted this “For anyone who feels scared or hopeless, know that we will never stop fighting for your rights.”