Caitlyn Jenner says that Trump is the ‘worst president we have ever had’ on LGBT rights
Caitlyn Jenner has hit out at President Trump for his record on LGBT rights.
Jenner stated that Trump “has been, for all LGBT issues, the worst president we have ever had.
“I want him to know politically I am disappointed, obviously. I don’t want our community to go backwards.
“Just leave us alone, that’s all we want. Then maybe later down the line, we can get somebody a little better.”
She added: “I think it’s good that I’m on the Republican side because the Republicans know that, and I have an immediate in with them to change their minds.”
“The Republicans need the most work when it comes to our issues … I’m not the type of person who is going to stand on a street corner with a sign and jump up and down. No, I’m going to go have dinner with these people.”
Trump has been strongly criticised by LGBT groups since taking office, facing accusations that his officials have sought to undermine much of the progress from the Obama administration.
The Justice Department has made the most dramatic attacks on LGBT equality under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with officials appearing in court to argue that discrimination against gay people should be legal, and seeking to undermine civil rights laws protecting LGBT people.
Trump has also pledged to sign the First Amendment Defense Act, a proposed Republican law that blocks the federal government from enforcing anti-discrimination protections or civil rights laws in cases where people acted based on “a sincerely held religious belief” in marriage.
In a recent lecture to the UK Parliament, Jenner criticised the President and stated that he had set the transgender community back 20 years, and asked the UK to not make the same mistakes.
Jenner also defended her decision to deliver the keynote after members of the trans community questioned the former Olympian’s suitability to speak on diversity issues in the UK.
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She said she had both a “sense of privilege” but also a “platform” and said she “would never apologise for working hard and being successful.”
“When I came out, the first year was great. Then all of a sudden I got this ‘person of privilege,’” she said.
“I didn’t get it when it came to the trans community, as we have a very marginalised community.”