Watch LIVE

Caitlyn Jenner is livid at Trump over transgender bathroom reversal

News
In this May 14, 2016, file photo, award recipient Caitlyn Jenner speaks during the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. Jenner discussed victories in her life, including winning Olympic gold, in a video released by clothing retailer H&M on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Image source: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Caitlyn Jenner is not happy after the White House earlier this week rescinded Obama-era guidelines to public schools, saying that transgender students should be allowed to use whichever bathroom they choose, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth.

Jenner, who is a transgender woman, tweeted out a one minute-long video Thursday, reassuring transgender children that they are "winning," and that "pretty soon" the transgender community will have "full freedom nationwide" with "bipartisan support."

Trump administration officials have said the issue is one that should be left up to each of the individual states — not the federal government.

According to administration officials, the Obama administration guidelines were issued “without due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy," the New York Times reported.

The new directive came after a reportedly contentious meeting in the Oval Office involving Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. While Sessions supported the administration rescinding the guidelines. But DeVos issued a statement Wednesday in which she was seemingly hesitant to back the withdrawal.

“We owe all students a commitment to ensure they have access to a learning environment that is free of discrimination, bullying and harassment,” DeVos' statement read, in part.

Without saying his name, Jenner referenced Sessions in his video, calling him "weak" and a "bully."

"Now I have a message for 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. Apparently even becoming attorney general isn't enough to cure some people of their insecurities," Jenner said.

Finally, Jenner addressed Trump directly, "from one Republican to another," noting the upcoming Supreme Court decision that will weigh in on transgender bathrooms. The case involving Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender male from Gloucester County, Virginia, has to do with whether the gender discrimination protections contained in Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 should include gender identity.

Grimm's school did not allow him to use the boy's bathroom, a decision he challenged based largely under the Obama-era guidelines. Grimm's challenge went to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled last April in Grimm's favor, citing the now-rescinded Obama-era directives. The U.S. Supreme Court then agreed to put the lower court's decision on hold, NBC News reported.

Justices on the Supreme Court will hear the case in March, and a ruling will likely come sometime in June.

Until that decision, however, Jenner urged Trump to reverse course.

"This is a disaster and you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me," Jenner said.

Jenner attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July 2016, where she spoke out about being a transgender Republican. During Trump's RNC address in which he accepted the Republican nomination for president, Trump vowed to "do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology," the Daily Beast reported.

During an April 2016 "Today" show appearance, NBC's Matt Lauer asked Trump whether he would allow Jenner to use the bathroom of her choice inside Trump Tower. "That is correct," Trump replied, indicating that he would let Jenner use either bathroom.

(H/T: NBC News)

Most recent
All Articles