Caitlyn Jenner continued to defend her decision to vote for President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election despite his heavily criticised record on LGBTQ issues.
Jenner, the former Olympian and reality star, opened up about the decision to Seth Meyers on Tuesday night’s “Late Night.”
“I’m not a one-issue voter and obviously — I know, I’m not stupid — the Republican party does not do a good job when it comes to equality and the entire LGBT community. The Democrats are better there,” Jenner said. “But for me, I’ve been around a long time, I’m probably more conservative. I believe in little things like the Constitution and freedom. I believe in minimal government… And so Republicans have done a better job in that direction.”
When pressed by Meyers about whether she thinks Trump has done a “decent” job on other issues beyond LGBTQ rights, Jenner said, “In some ways, yes.”
However, she hit Trump hard for his decision to roll back protections given to transgender students under President Barack Obama.
“I gotta keep an eye on these people,” Jenner said. “Trump, who I talked to before [at] the inauguration, about a lot of LGBT issues when the whole North Carolina bathroom bill, all that mess. And I had talked to him about my feelings on that. All of sudden he gets into office and one of the first things he does, which he never should have done, is repeal the Title IX for equality for trans people in school. That was good federal guidelines for states to be able to follow, and I blasted him.”
Jenner emphasised she will continue to fight for the transgender community while also sticking to her own political beliefs.
“My loyalty is not with Donald Trump,” she told Meyers. “My loyalty is not with the Republican party. My loyalty is with my community, and I will fight for this community. So I did a blog on it, I did a video on it, and at some point I may talk to [Trump] about it.”
She added that when she was recently asked if she would vote for Trump again, she said, “Wait a second, it’s three and a half years away. There’s a lot that’s going to happen in that three and a half years and I’ll make that decision at that point.”
Meyers asked about reports that Trump asked Jenner to play golf after he became president. She said she refused the opportunity based on Trump’s reversal of transgender protections, but added that she would talk to Trump “in private” about the issues that concern her.
As for the golf, she did get in a jab about Trump’s athletic ability.
“I don’t think he wants to get beat by a 67-year-old trans woman,” Jenner said.
Watch the interview with Caitlyn Jenner on “Late Night” below:
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