“Trump seems to be very much for women,” the former Olympian and reality TV star told Stat. “He seems very much behind the LGBT community because of what happened in North Carolina with the bathroom issue. He backed the LGBT community.”
In March, North Carolina pushed through House Bill 2, a controversial piece of legislation that forces transgender people in the state to use bathrooms in government buildings that do not correspond with their gender identity. During an emergency session of the state’s legislature, the bill was introduced, debated, and passed — all within a matter of hours.
Trump would later remark that the bill had a “a lot of problems.” The billionaire CEO told Matt Lauer of the Today show on NBC, “North Carolina did something [that] was very strong and they’re paying a big price.”
He further called separate accommodations for transgender people “discriminatory” and “unbelievably expensive for businesses.”
After backlash from fellow Republicans, including onetime presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump walked back his earlier support for trans rights, saying bathroom access should be a states’ rights issue. “And I feel very strongly about that,” Trump said. “The federal government should not be involved."
Jenner clarified that when it comes to Trump, his platform is not without flaws. "In Trump's case, there's a lot more unknowns,” Jenner said. “With Hillary, you pretty much know what you're gonna get with the LGBT community."
The 66-year-old further stated that Democrats have historically been better allies to the LGBT community, including President Barack Obama.
“I'm not excited with what Obama has done to the economy, to our Constitution, all that kind of stuff,” Jenner said. “But as far as the transgender community, they've actually been very good. Everybody looks at Democrats as being better with these issues.”
These statements echo earlier statements Jenner made on I Am Cait, her E! reality show.
In on March episode of the program, she referred to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as a “f***ing liar,” stressing that she would "never, ever, ever vote for Hillary."
“I think he would have a hard time with women when he doesn't even realize it, and it doesn't mean he wouldn't be good for women's issues,” Jenner said of Trump. “I think he would be very good for women's issues. … I don't think he's out there to destroy women or takes things away or do any of that kind of stuff.”
Jenner did remark, though, that she’s not a fan of the likely Republican nominee’s “macho attitude.”
The gold medalist has been the subject of persistent backlash due to her support of Republican politicians, particularly from the LGBT community. Author and trans advocate Jenny Boylan, who appears on I Am Cait, predicted that response on the show.
After Jenner initially praised Trump, Boylan walked out of the room. “Kill me now," she said. "Someone kill me now."