Caitlyn Jenner, who has often been a source of controversy within the ranks of the transgender community, publicly came out against President Trump and his administration Thursday in an op-ed for the Washington Post.
The lifelong Republican explained that it was her hope that she would have been able to change the minds of those within her party.
“I believed I could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting,” Jenner said. “I made many trips to Washington to lobby and educate members of Congress, other Washington policymakers and powerful influencers.”
Now Jenner has come out publicly to say that she was wrong.
“Sadly, I 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. He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity,” Jenner said while also admitting she was mistaken in her beliefs. “Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake.”
Her announcement has many members of the transgender community wondering what took her so long. Back in 2016, her cast mates from her now show “I am Cait” had relentlessly tried to convince her not to vote for Trump.
Jenner posted the op-ed to her Twitter account on Thursday, and many who responded called her out for previous stance.
In closing her op-ed, Jenner stated that she intends to use her “privilege” to help the transgender community going forward. “I need to better use my voice, my privilege and my foundation to advocate and support our community,” Jenner said.
It seems that Caitlyn Jenner has finally realized that the President and his administration are against protecting the rights of transgender people, but is the transgender community willing to forgive her?