On Thursday evening, Caitlyn Jenner took to Twitter to issue a message of hope and solidarity for the trans kids of America, following Trump's decision to rescind the protection of transgender students which had allowed them to use the school bathrooms in which they felt most comfortable. Jenner is both a lifelong Republican (who said she said she would "never ever" vote for Hillary Clinton) and a vocal trans woman. And while last April Trump extended Jenner the offer to "use whichever bathroom she wanted" when visiting Trump Tower (which she took him up on), his recent rulings have upset Jenner and caused her to speak out.
In the video, she first addresses the trans kids of America. "You're winning, and I know it doesn't feel like it today or every day, but you're winning," she tells them. "Very soon we will win full freedom nationwide, and it's going to be with bipartisan support." She then encourages them to speak up and let Washington know how they feel about Trump's ruling.
Then, she takes on the bullies. "You're sick. And because you're weak you pick on kids, you pick on women, or anyone else you think is vulnerable," she says. She then takes a great dig at Jeff Session by saying that even becoming attorney general isn't enough to rid a bully of his insecurities.
And finally, she takes on Trump. "This is a disaster, and you can still fix it," she says, showing that while she might not be a big fan right now, she's willing to work with him to create solutions. "You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community," she tells him, ending the video with a simple, "call me." Jenner is a complex public figure; she's conservative and ultra rich, but by nature of being a trans woman, is socially liberal. She's a pop culture figure, but doesn't cop to the anti-Trump rallying cry that many stars have taken on to assure their fans they're part of the resistance. In many ways Jenner continues to transcend party lines and social constructs. It will be interesting to see if her unique position will lead to further discussion with Trump's cabinet or shed light on a way for liberals and conservatives to create productive conversation with each other in an ever polarizing landscape. You can watch the video here: