In a Broadly profile published Tuesday, outspoken Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner said President Trump “has been, for all LGBT issues, the worst president we have ever had.”
She also suggested she may not support his 2020 re-election campaign.
“I want him to know politically I am disappointed, obviously,” Jenner said about Trump’s systematic rollback of transgender rights ushered in under the Obama administration. “I don’t want our community to go backwards. Just leave us alone, that’s all we want.”
“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,” Jenner said of her decision to maintain a strong relationship with members of Trump’s Cabinet.
“The Republicans need the most work when it comes to our issues, I get that,” she added. “I would rather work from the inside. 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.”
Jenner said she’s also had “a great conversation” with Vice President Mike Pence, who has a well-document history of supporting anti-LGBTQ legislation.
“He’s kinda like, from our standpoint, the real enemy. But that’s OK, I can handle that,” Jenner said. The vice president told her he “would love” to have a lengthier discussion down the line, she said.
She told Newsweek in March that she’d “built some very nice and good relationships with the Republican Party” but had not spoken with Trump himself.
Jenner once praised then-candidate Donald Trump’s stance on women’s rights and LGBT equality issues in a June 2016 interview with Stat News.
When asked ‘Who better understands these issues, Democrats or Republicans?’, Jenner told Stat: “Everybody looks at the Democrats as being better with these issues. But Trump seems to be very much for women. He seems very much behind the LGBT community because of what happened in North Carolina with the bathroom issue. He backed the LGBT community. But in Trump’s case, there’s a lot more unknowns. With Hillary, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get with the LGBT community.”