Caitlyn Jenner is looking back at her support for Donald Trump amid rumours the U.S. President is pulling transgender rights.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the former Olympian, 68, says her “hope” for Trump as president – back when she voted for him in 2016 – was “misplaced.”
“These past two years under President Trump have given me the opportunity to reflect on a lot of topics that have come up in the LGBTQ community and in our nation,” she wrote. “As I’ve watched and pondered, my outlook has changed significantly from what it was during my highly publicized and glamourized early Caitlyn days, when my life as an out trans woman was just beginning.”
Before Trump was elected, Jenner says she was hopeful for change but now realized she was “wrong:” “The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president. The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community.”
She continued, “He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity. He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in an attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party, claiming his anti-transgender policies are meant to ‘protect the country.'”
The former “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star knows now he’s wrong for America: “This is politics at its worst. It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me.”
Read more from Jenner here.