It only took 264 days, but Caitlyn Jenner has finally seen the light on Donald Trump’s presidency.
The reality star called the current White House the “worst administration ever” for LGBTQ people during a Thursday tour of the St. John’s Transgender Health Program in Los Angeles. In an interview with KABC-TV, Jenner remarked on her support for Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election, which she has attempted to walk back in recent weeks.
“I was hoping for a lot better than this,” the 67-year-old said. “And I was somewhat optimistic and I thought this guy is going to be OK. He has totally, totally disappointed me.”
This isn’t the first time that Jenner has criticized the president in recent weeks. Following the announcement that the Department of Justice would be rolling back workplace protections for transgender federal employees, she called the decision the “latest in a string of attacks on trans people: trans students, trans service members, & now employment protections for trans workers.”
“This systematic gutting of non-discrimination protections for trans people is a disgrace!” Jenner continued in an Oct. 5 tweet.
That’s a pretty far cry from her repeated defense of Trump’s policies in 2016, even as the president hinted at the very same policies that would define his tenure in the Oval Office. In an interview with Stat from last June, the former Olympic gold medalist said that Trump is “very much behind the LGBTQ community.”
Prior to supporting the president’s campaign, Jenner offered herself up as a “trans ambassador” to Sen. Ted Cruz, who made opposing trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies a focal point of his platform.
Jenner has changed her tune, however, following a flurry of attacks on the LGBTQ community by the White House. The same day that the administration announced that transgender people would no longer be included under Title IX protections, Attorney General Jeff Sessions introduced a “religious liberty” memo that gives federal entities wide latitude to discriminate against LGBTQ workers in the name of faith.
Jenner claimed that it was time for the LGBTQ community to oppose Trump’s policies.
“They’re going to be around for the next almost four years,” she told St. John’s. “We just all have to gather together as a community and fight what they’re doing.”
The response from LGBTQ people to Jenner’s remarks isn’t likely to be forgiving. After her earlier tweets calling the administration a “disgrace,” Twitter users claimed that her flip-flop was too little, too late. “Sis, he specifically said he was going to do all of this and you still stood up and said to vote for him!” one respondent pointed out.
“Yea. You voted for him,” another chimed in. “You knew his party feel this way about your community [sic]. Don’t look so shocked.”