Caitlyn Jenner scolded President Trump today for his reversal of landmark guidelines protecting transgender students' right to use the bathroom that coincides with their gender identity. "I have a message for Mr. President, from one Republican to another," Jenner said in a video she shared on Twitter. "This is a disaster and you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me."
Jenner's name came up at the White House Press Briefing today when a reporter asked Press Secretary Sean Spicer how Trump will reconcile revoking Obama's guidelines with the I Am Cait reality star and Olympic athlete, having previously said she can use whatever bathroom she wants at Trump Tower.
Spicer responded, saying Trump believes this is a states rights issue, not federal. "If a state wants to pass a law, that's their right," Spicer said. "The President has a big heart" but "he does not want to force his beliefs" on the country.
Last year, when North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory passed the notorious HB2, preventing transgender people in North Carolina from using bathrooms that match their gender identity, he said Jenner would have to use the men's shower after working out in his state. "If [Caitlyn Jenner] is going to a shower facility at UNC Chapel Hill, after running around the track, she's going to use the men's shower," he said in a debate against his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Jenner responded with a post on Instagram of McCrory saying, "So I'm supposed to use the same shower as this guy?? Gross!"
Although President Trump vocally opposed same-sex marriage during his campaign and Vice President Pence previously signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, which allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people, Jenner has remained a devoted Republican party supporter.
During her appearance at the Republican National Committee, where Jenner was introduced as "the most famous Republican in the world," she admitted the Democratic Party has been better about dealing with LGBTQ issues. "I think the Republican Party needs to understand, they need to know people who are trans," Jenner said. "It was easy to come out as trans, it was harder to come out as a Republican."