Despite sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat in support of Donald Trump a month after he tweeted that he would ban transgender people from the military last July, Caitlyn Jenner now says, “As far as trans issues, this administration has been the worst ever.”
Jenner spoke about trans issues to Newsweek at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York City on Thursday.
“They’ve [the Trump administration] set our community back 20 years, easily,” Jenner told Newsweek. “It’s going to be hard to change, but we’ve been through these types of things before and we’ll continue to fight it.”
It’s not the first time Jenner has called out Trump for his anti-trans legislation and views, but she was more pointed than she has been in the past.
Not long after his inauguration Trump ended President Barack Obama-era protections around allowing trans students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. At that point, Jenner chastised Trump for his actions.
“Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me,” Jenner tweeted with an accompanying video in February of last year.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017
Trump has not reached out to her all these months later, Jenner told Newsweek, although she said she attended an inauguration event where she networked with other Republicans.
Beyond calling the current administration the worst ever for trans people, Jenner called upon Trump to “do a better job when it comes to equality.”
“We’re all Americans. I think of it this way. We have diversity in mankind, humankind,” Jenner said. “We have diversity all over the place, diversity in the way people look, diversity in religion, diversity in skin color. Wouldn’t it be a dull world if everybody was the same?”